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Weekend Box Office Report: November 15-17, 2013

Nov. 17, 2013by:

Thor strikes again!

The beefy Asgardian holder of Mjolnir pounded the ground once again, putting Marvel's THOR: THE DARK WORLD at the #1 spot with $38.4 million!

While that is a dip of 55% from the Thunder God's first weekend, the sequel is up to a 10-day domestic total of $146.9 million (the first THOR finally fizzled at $181 million). In addition, THOR: THE DARK WORLD is already at $479.9 million worldwide, surpassing the first movie's global finish of $449.3 million.

Coming in second was the week's only new wide release THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY with $30.5 million. It may have taken 14 years for the sequel (again directed by Malcolm Lee, cousin of Spike), but the reunion's opening came fairly close to doubling its reported production cost, not to mention having a higher per-screen average than the top movie ($15k to THOR's $10k) despite being on just over half the number of screens.

Paying customers really ate up THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY, giving it a rare 'A+' CinemaScore, and the charismatic cast and holiday theme should keep it strong through the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.

Still grappling for position in their third week were veteran actors and CG turkeys, with LAST VEGAS this time inching ahead into third place with $8.8 million as it nudges FREE BIRDS into fourth with $8.3 million. JACKASS PRESENTS BAD GRAMPA staggered out of second this weekend, down to fifth place with $7.6 million and a total of $90.2 million after four weeks in theaters.

GRAVITY seems resistant to landing on terra firma, still in sixth place (after seven weekends) and closing on a half-billion worldwide total. ENDER'S GAME slides again down to seventh, but the drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE continues to draw lots of curiosity thanks to its early Oscar buzz and hard look at a dark chapter of history.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS closes out the chart along with the Rachel McAdams romcom ABOUT TIME (which is at $52 million worldwide), while CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 went in the freezer. Outside the chart, critical darling DALLAS BUYERS CLUB added 150 screens for a $1.7 million grab, and Alexander Payne's praised road trip drama NEBRASKA led the limited releases with a $35k per-screen average while Shia LaBeouf's CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN got utterly rejected with just over 500 bucks per-screen.

Next weekend puts Katniss Everdeen back into deadly competition in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, while Vince Vaughn is apparently responsible for the production of many children in the comedy DELIVERY MAN.

How much do you think THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will make over the next weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Thor: The Dark World $38.4 M $146.9 M
2. The Best Man Holiday $30.5 M
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3. Last Vegas $8.8 M $46.9 M
4. Free Birds $8.3 M $42.2 M
5. Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa $7.6 M $90.2 M
6. Gravity $6.2 M $240.5 M
7. Ender's Game $6.2 M $53.7 M
8. 12 Years a Slave $4.7 M $24.9 M
9. Captain Phillips $4.5 M $97.6 M
10. About Time $3.4 M $11.5 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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8:45PM on 11/17/2013

THOR 2 sucked

Thor didn't act like Thor. Portman ruined everything (who the hell talks to gods like a tween?) Her response to seeing Asgard for the first time was bland. Nothing was funny.
THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THOR WAS LOKI. This one has now made me dislike the first one.
Thor didn't act like Thor. Portman ruined everything (who the hell talks to gods like a tween?) Her response to seeing Asgard for the first time was bland. Nothing was funny.
THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THOR WAS LOKI. This one has now made me dislike the first one.
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7:57PM on 11/17/2013
My sympathies to all the parents who've been forced to sit through Free Birds these past few weeks.
My sympathies to all the parents who've been forced to sit through Free Birds these past few weeks.
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7:33PM on 11/17/2013
Meanwhile ESCAPE PLAN pass the 100 million mark worldwide, because overseas audiences still like good action flicks!
Meanwhile ESCAPE PLAN pass the 100 million mark worldwide, because overseas audiences still like good action flicks!
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12:45AM on 11/18/2013
ESCAPE PLAN passed the 100 million mark worldwide, because it overseas audiences don't want to have to watch American movies with a lot of dialogue (because then they have to read subtitles).
ESCAPE PLAN passed the 100 million mark worldwide, because it overseas audiences don't want to have to watch American movies with a lot of dialogue (because then they have to read subtitles).
4:54AM on 11/18/2013
" because it overseas audiences don't want to have to watch American movies with a lot of dialogue"

Stupidest thing I'll read today.
" because it overseas audiences don't want to have to watch American movies with a lot of dialogue"

Stupidest thing I'll read today.
5:15PM on 11/17/2013

Best Man Holiday should count its blessings

That wolf of wall street was moved to Christmas. It had basically had the entire weekend, in respect to the older films, to its self
That wolf of wall street was moved to Christmas. It had basically had the entire weekend, in respect to the older films, to its self
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5:02PM on 11/17/2013

Lighting?

I like how the headline on the homepage says, 'Lighting strikes again...' I sure hope they had some lighting for this movie, because I don't see how cinematography works without lighting.
I like how the headline on the homepage says, 'Lighting strikes again...' I sure hope they had some lighting for this movie, because I don't see how cinematography works without lighting.
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5:10PM on 11/17/2013
Sarcasm doesn't seem to be your strong suit.
Sarcasm doesn't seem to be your strong suit.
2:23PM on 11/18/2013
Hey, at least they corrected the mistake, and changed it to 'Lightning'.
Hey, at least they corrected the mistake, and changed it to 'Lightning'.
4:10PM on 11/17/2013
Except for the weak villain,Thor 2 is quite enjoyable.wish Loki had more screen time
Except for the weak villain,Thor 2 is quite enjoyable.wish Loki had more screen time
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4:04PM on 11/17/2013

This is the Weakest Thanksgiving/Christmas I can Ever Remember...

I'm not a big LOTR fan, but I am looking forward to The Hobbit. Other than that, there's Anchorman 2 and Oldboy. That's it. Usually Thanksgiving is a time that there are at least a couple movies I'm interested in seeing, but not this year.
I'm not a big LOTR fan, but I am looking forward to The Hobbit. Other than that, there's Anchorman 2 and Oldboy. That's it. Usually Thanksgiving is a time that there are at least a couple movies I'm interested in seeing, but not this year.
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4:19PM on 11/17/2013
I'm not sure about Thanksgiving, but as far as December goes you have American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street, and Out of the Furnace getting released. Even the Disney film Frozen has me mildly curious, but I'm waiting on reviews. Not that weak to me.
I'm not sure about Thanksgiving, but as far as December goes you have American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street, and Out of the Furnace getting released. Even the Disney film Frozen has me mildly curious, but I'm waiting on reviews. Not that weak to me.
4:44PM on 11/17/2013
Early reviews for Frozen are incredibly positive. I have high expectations for this movie. Disney has been very consistent with their animated features as of late (Planes excluded, since it is technically DisneyToons.)
Early reviews for Frozen are incredibly positive. I have high expectations for this movie. Disney has been very consistent with their animated features as of late (Planes excluded, since it is technically DisneyToons.)
3:45PM on 11/17/2013

Best Man Holiday!

Joint was TYTE. Way better than that last Tyler Perry flimflam. Cinema was rockinnnnnn.
Joint was TYTE. Way better than that last Tyler Perry flimflam. Cinema was rockinnnnnn.
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3:39PM on 11/17/2013
Saw Thor this weekend. Make no mistake. This was Tom Hiddleston's movie. Which is not a bad thing.
Saw Thor this weekend. Make no mistake. This was Tom Hiddleston's movie. Which is not a bad thing.
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3:15PM on 11/17/2013
Glad to see Thor: The Dark World doing well and surpassing the original. It really improved on the first film in every way.

And I'm calling it now, 12 Years A Slave will win Best Picture, Actor, and Director.
Glad to see Thor: The Dark World doing well and surpassing the original. It really improved on the first film in every way.

And I'm calling it now, 12 Years A Slave will win Best Picture, Actor, and Director.
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3:32PM on 11/17/2013
Bold prediction.
Bold prediction.
5:17PM on 11/17/2013
I.think mccoughney is winning best actor, cauron breast director, and slave best picture.
I.think mccoughney is winning best actor, cauron breast director, and slave best picture.
5:48PM on 11/17/2013
Cuaron for Breast Director? I'd like to see that award show!
Cuaron for Breast Director? I'd like to see that award show!
10:30PM on 11/17/2013
I do like that job title of "Breast Director"
I do like that job title of "Breast Director"
8:17AM on 11/18/2013
Agree that it will be up for all of those, I think McQueen has a very good chance on winning Best Director.
Agree that it will be up for all of those, I think McQueen has a very good chance on winning Best Director.
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