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Weekend Box Office Report: November 8-10, 2013

Nov. 10, 2013by: Dave Davis

The box office is thunderstruck!

Marvel continues to show its strength at the box office as the Thunder God returned to theaters with a mighty blow, putting THOR: THE DARK WORLD at the top with an opening weekend of $86.1 million!

Much like IRON MAN 3, the sequel enjoyed the post-AVENGERS business bump -- the first THOR opened in May 2011 to $65.7 million and went to an eventual $181 million domestically and $449 million worldwide. THOR: THE DARK WORLD got a week's head start overseas and is already up to $327 million globally!

The domestic opening for THOR: THE DARK WORLD makes it the ninth biggest November weekend, and in a major franchise crowd -- above it are three TWILIGHT movies, four HARRY POTTERs, and last year's 007 hit SKYFALL, which opened on this same weekend with $88.3 million.

Paying crowds appreciated the increased scope of Thor's second headlining adventure, giving the movie an 'A-' CinemaScore (no doubt assisted by the Tumblr infatuation with his duplicitous half-brother Loki). THOR: THE DARK WORLD has an extra week to gather coin before major competitor THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE arrives on November 22nd (plus a bonus Monday for those who have tomorrow off from work or school for the Veteran's Day holiday).

Coming in second was last weekend's #2, JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA with another $11.3 million, diving over the $100 million mark globally to become the second-biggest JACKASS movie, after JACKASS 3D went on to $117.2 domestically and $171.7 worldwide.

The computer-animated turkey flick FREE BIRDS trotted up a spot to #3 with $11.1 million, wrinkled-neck-and-neck with the elder actors' Sin City trip LAST VEGAS with nearly the same amount (they may end up switching spots when tomorrow's actual figures are calculated). Both movies held fairly well, losing 29% and 32% of business from their respective openings.

The same can't be said for last weekend's winner ENDER'S GAME, glitching into fifth with $10.2 million -- a drop of 62% from last week. That pricey sci-fi entry, adapted from Orson Scott Card's novel, cost around the same as the sixth-place GRAVITY, the phenomenon that's now closing in on half a billion worldwide.

The critically exalted awards-buzzed drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE expanded to 1100 screens and remained in seventh place with $6.6 million, while CAPTAIN PHILLIPS drifted past to eighth with $5.8 million toward an inevitable $100 million destination.

The time-travel love story ABOUT TIME jumped into wide release to land in ninth place with $5.1 million (the Rachel McAdams romance from LOVE ACTUALLY writer-director Richard Curtis has already cleared $40 million overseas). CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 hangs onto the last spot as THE COUNSELOR and CARRIE got bounced off the list, while the limited release WWII drama THE BOOK THIEF made a moderate impression with a $27k per-screen average.

Next weekend brings just one new wide release, the reunion/sequel THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY, while limited releases include Alexander Payne's NEBRASKA and Shia LaBeouf in CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN.

What is your favorite Marvel-made movie so far? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Thor: The Dark World $86.1 M
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2. Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa $11.3 M $78.7 M
3. Free Birds $11.1 M $30.1 M
4. Last Vegas $11.1 M $33.5 M
5. Ender's Game $10.2 M $44 M
6. Gravity $8.4 M $231.1 M
7. 12 Years a Slave $6.6 M $17.3 M
8. Captain Phillips $5.8 M $90.9 M
9. About Time $5.1 M $6.6 M
10. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $2.8 M $109.9 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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11:01AM on 11/11/2013
I watched it online...since I'm broke......and it was WAY better than Iron Man 3. Never once did it turn into a slapstick piece of crap...bravo! Plan to try and go this weekend to see it on the big screen since I get paid Friday.
I watched it online...since I'm broke......and it was WAY better than Iron Man 3. Never once did it turn into a slapstick piece of crap...bravo! Plan to try and go this weekend to see it on the big screen since I get paid Friday.
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9:53AM on 11/11/2013
**Spoilers**
Not blown away, but Thor 2 was a worthy sequel. Liked how the director handled all the characters, expanded on life in Asgard, as well with giving enough screen time to Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgrd and the great rack, I mean Kat Dennings. I was thoroughly entertained and liked how even Loki got a redemption with his brother. My only complaint was the rather useless post credit scene that felt more fitted for a rom com movie.
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Not blown away, but Thor 2 was a worthy sequel. Liked how the director handled all the characters, expanded on life in Asgard, as well with giving enough screen time to Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgrd and the great rack, I mean Kat Dennings. I was thoroughly entertained and liked how even Loki got a redemption with his brother. My only complaint was the rather useless post credit scene that felt more fitted for a rom com movie.
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5:44AM on 11/11/2013
Thor was great - enjoyed it loads - and unlike Iron Man 3 which I too really enjoyed at the point of leaving the cinema...I've yet to suffer from the post depression caused by realising (when I stopped and thought about it) how we were cheated out of the very cool villain the trailer promised. Long Live Marvel Studios (I'm gonna tag all my Marvel related posts like this from now on...my own The_Soloist way of showing enthusiasm!).
Thor was great - enjoyed it loads - and unlike Iron Man 3 which I too really enjoyed at the point of leaving the cinema...I've yet to suffer from the post depression caused by realising (when I stopped and thought about it) how we were cheated out of the very cool villain the trailer promised. Long Live Marvel Studios (I'm gonna tag all my Marvel related posts like this from now on...my own The_Soloist way of showing enthusiasm!).
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11:28PM on 11/10/2013
Thor 2 sucked. Thor himself felt oddly put in the backseat of his own film, he was powered down and the film lacked the heart of the first. Not to mention the action was mostly bland. The worst MCU to date imo.
Thor 2 sucked. Thor himself felt oddly put in the backseat of his own film, he was powered down and the film lacked the heart of the first. Not to mention the action was mostly bland. The worst MCU to date imo.
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3:06AM on 11/11/2013
How was he powered down? The Thor from the first scene when he makes everyone surrender was never at any point human, or less powerful. That was the first Thor.
How was he powered down? The Thor from the first scene when he makes everyone surrender was never at any point human, or less powerful. That was the first Thor.
5:03AM on 11/11/2013
Something tells me you're just looking for a bit of attention or a response or something,as your reason isn't valid at all.
Something tells me you're just looking for a bit of attention or a response or something,as your reason isn't valid at all.
5:34AM on 11/11/2013
Just go watch iron man 3 again then, you clearly enjoy lower caliber films!
Just go watch iron man 3 again then, you clearly enjoy lower caliber films!
8:10AM on 11/11/2013
Did you sign in and out to up vote your own comment as well ?
Did you sign in and out to up vote your own comment as well ?
10:40AM on 11/11/2013
"Backseat of his own film?" What were you watching??
"Backseat of his own film?" What were you watching??
10:21PM on 11/11/2013
I completely agree! It felt very rushed, disjointed, and bland. Some of the worst special effects I have seen in a long time. I wish it was directed by someone else and I really hope this is not a sign for future marvel films. Iron Man three was a much better film in terms of story telling (I guess Im in the minority there though). The movie only became slightly enjoyable once Loki became a big part of it.
I completely agree! It felt very rushed, disjointed, and bland. Some of the worst special effects I have seen in a long time. I wish it was directed by someone else and I really hope this is not a sign for future marvel films. Iron Man three was a much better film in terms of story telling (I guess Im in the minority there though). The movie only became slightly enjoyable once Loki became a big part of it.
8:42PM on 11/10/2013
Can't wait to see Thor 2.

I only ended up seeing All is Lost. Good movie.
Can't wait to see Thor 2.

I only ended up seeing All is Lost. Good movie.
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7:58PM on 11/10/2013
Thor: The Dark World is good stuff. I'm headed to see 12 Years a Slave now and I really hope it does well at the box office as it looks like an excellent, important film for people to see.
Thor: The Dark World is good stuff. I'm headed to see 12 Years a Slave now and I really hope it does well at the box office as it looks like an excellent, important film for people to see.
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7:36PM on 11/10/2013

Much like IRON MAN 3, the sequel enjoyed the post-AVENGERS business bump

Unlike Iron Man 3, it didn't suck! The mid and post credits bits were pretty lame though.
Unlike Iron Man 3, it didn't suck! The mid and post credits bits were pretty lame though.
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5:56PM on 11/10/2013
Thor 2 was awesome. Ever since the first LOTR there's something I like about big budget fantasy films around the end of fall beginning of winter. Since ROTK most winters go dissapointed (narnia, golden compass, other less successful attempts) and with MARVEL really upping the fantasy this time around, watching the film was the first time I was happy about the release date. I thought they should have had Thor 2 this summer with Ironman 3 closer to Christmas. And on paper I still think there's
Thor 2 was awesome. Ever since the first LOTR there's something I like about big budget fantasy films around the end of fall beginning of winter. Since ROTK most winters go dissapointed (narnia, golden compass, other less successful attempts) and with MARVEL really upping the fantasy this time around, watching the film was the first time I was happy about the release date. I thought they should have had Thor 2 this summer with Ironman 3 closer to Christmas. And on paper I still think there's truth to that, especially with the whole Christmas theme throughout ironman 3. BUT NOW I want a Thor movie every 2 years in the winter to fill my fantasy holiday void.

I thought Dark World was better than last years Hobbit.
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5:26PM on 11/10/2013
Thor: The Dark World was a blast I'm glad it is at the top of the box office. Wow, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place were all very close.
Thor: The Dark World was a blast I'm glad it is at the top of the box office. Wow, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place were all very close.
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3:39PM on 11/10/2013
I just got back from THOR 2 and it was an absolute blast, very well done and deserving of the top spot.
I just got back from THOR 2 and it was an absolute blast, very well done and deserving of the top spot.
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3:19PM on 11/10/2013
Good for Thor: The Dark World! As much as I loved Iron Man 3, The Dark World was way way better in terms of everything. Bring on Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Good for Thor: The Dark World! As much as I loved Iron Man 3, The Dark World was way way better in terms of everything. Bring on Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.
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5:35AM on 11/11/2013
How can you love a film then say another is far, far better? You must want to fuck this movie!

Your a joke sir!
How can you love a film then say another is far, far better? You must want to fuck this movie!

Your a joke sir!
5:44AM on 11/11/2013
@booster-buff87 - I don't know the thought process in Georgia, but in other places people can love one thing and then love another even more. I loved The Avengers, but loved Thor 2 even more. No need to call someone a joke for showing passion madame.
@booster-buff87 - I don't know the thought process in Georgia, but in other places people can love one thing and then love another even more. I loved The Avengers, but loved Thor 2 even more. No need to call someone a joke for showing passion madame.
10:38AM on 11/11/2013
Hey booster-gold87...you mad? And it's "You're" not your. Now if you're going to try to offend someone at least bring out the right punctuation and vocabulary.
Hey booster-gold87...you mad? And it's "You're" not your. Now if you're going to try to offend someone at least bring out the right punctuation and vocabulary.
1:32AM on 11/12/2013
Soloist, I agree. I didn't care for Iron Man 3, but damnit if Thor 2 wasn't short of epic! It's my second favorite solo "Avenger" movie right behind Captain America.
Soloist, I agree. I didn't care for Iron Man 3, but damnit if Thor 2 wasn't short of epic! It's my second favorite solo "Avenger" movie right behind Captain America.
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