WEEKEND ESTIMATES: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Smashes Through $200M in North America, Hits $650M Worldwide


  • Thor: Ragnarok once again topped the box office, finishing its second weekend with a $56.6 million haul that boosted its North America total to $211.5 million. The film has grossed 438.5 million overseas and $650.1 million worldwide.
  • Daddy’s Home 2 edged out Murder on the Orient Express for second place. The comedy sequel opened to $30 million against the classic crime caper’s $28.2 million bow.
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri and Lady Bird were the top stories among platform releases. Three Billboards opened in 4 screens with a $320k haul and market-leading $80k per-screen average. Lady Bird grossed $1.24 million in its second weekend after expanding to 37 locations.

Thor: Ragnarok electrified the box office again this weekend, finishing at No. 1 with $56.6 million and easily beating out two high-profile newcomers.

The latest MCU superhero epic continued to power above the competition on the strength of the Marvel brand and critical raves, dropping just 54% from its opening frame and giving it $211 million in just two weeks.

That’s a better second-weekend performance than any other sequel in the MCU franchise domestically, and it will easily surpass both Doctor Strange ($232 million domestic total) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259 million) by next weekend.

In second place, the Paramount comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2 brought in an estimated $30 million in its opening frame, significantly lower than the first film’s $38.7 million opening but a triumph considering its abysmal 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That gross far exceeded our prediction of $22 million for the follow-up, which added Mel Gibson and John Lithgow to the cast this go-round.

Luckily for Paramount, the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg boasts an A- Cinemascore, indicating audiences liked the follow-up much better than critics. This bodes well for the film’s long-term performance going into the holiday season.

The performance of Daddy’s Home 2 is in some ways comparable to last weekend’s newcomer A Bad Moms Christmas, another comedy sequel that suffered a sizable opening-weekend drop from its previous installment. That film nevertheless held up very well in its sophomore frame (see below).

Coming in just a hair short of Daddy’s Home 2 in third place was 20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express, which grossed $28.2 million on the strength of a star-packed cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Judi Dench.

Orient Express’s middling Rotten Tomatoes score of 58% likely held the film back from achieving a bigger number this weekend, but it performed well enough with adult audiences to serve as an example of successful counter-programming.

In fourth place, A Bad Moms Christmas held up even better than the first film in its sophomore frame, dropping just 31% for an estimated $11.5 million. While it certainly won’t reach the heights of its predecessor, which grossed over $113 million domestically by the end of its run, its performance this weekend suggests there’s still some gas left in the tank.

Among other holdovers, Lionsgate’s horror sequel/reboot Jigsaw finished in fifth with $3.4 million in its third weekend, bringing its domestic cume to an estimated $34.3 million. While that puts it above franchise low point Saw VI ($27.6 million), it’s likely to fall a hair short of Saw 3D, which admittedly benefitted from 3D surcharges in its bloody crawl to $45.7 million domestically.

Meanwhile, Universal’s would-be awards player Thank You for Your Service dropped out of the Top 10 in just its third weekend, finishing the frame with only $895,000.

One of the biggest stories this weekend happened further down the chart in the form of Lady Bird, the massive limited-release success story that continued its hefty performance with a successful sophomore expansion. The Greta Gerwig-directed drama starring Saoirse Ronan grossed over $1.2 million this weekend on just 37 screens, giving it a per-theater average of $33,000 and continuing its momentum as it moves into awards season.

Overseas update:

Internationally, Thor: Ragnarok brought in another $75 million this weekend, bringing the film’s global haul to a massive $650 million. That exceeds the lifetime total of both Thor ($449 milllion) and Thor: the Dark World ($644 million) in just three weeks of play. In overseas markets, it’s even tracking 12% ahead of this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Also from Disney, the Pixar title Coco grossed another $8.4 million in its third weekend in Mexico, giving it a grand total thus far of $41.4 million. That makes it the second highest-grossing film in the country’s history and the highest-grossing animated film of all time there. Combined with Thor: Ragnarok, the film’s performance pushed Walt Disney Studios over the $3 billion mark worldwide for the year.

Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12, 2017

WIDE (1000+)
1Thor: Ragnarok$56,600,000-54%4,0800$13,873$211,589,7072Disney
2Daddy’s Home 2$30,000,0003,575$8,392$30,000,0001Paramount
3Murder on the Orient Express (2017)$28,200,0003,341$8,441$28,200,0001Fox
4A Bad Moms Christmas$11,510,000-31%3,6150$3,184$39,873,6262STX Entertainment
6Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween$2,070,000-54%1,900-302$1,089$45,920,4634Lionsgate
7Geostorm$1,545,000-52%1,685-981$917$31,623,8924Warner Bros.
8Happy Death Day$1,300,000-52%1,564-620$831$54,941,6055Universal / Blumhouse
9Only The Brave$950,000-51%1,207-866$787$17,073,9164Sony Pictures
10Thank You For Your Service$895,000-59%1,348-735$664$9,105,3903Universal Pictures
LIMITED (100 — 999)
1Blade Runner 2049$1,410,000-39%863-601$1,634$88,001,2976Warner Bros.
2The Foreigner$750,000-53%737-719$1,018$33,443,1225STX Entertainment
3The Florida Project$579,370-9%22940$2,530$3,839,2476A24
4My Little Pony: The Movie$525,000-13%592-193$887$21,536,2416Lionsgate
5Loving Vincent$515,140-14%2127$2,430$3,934,0148Good Deed Entertainment
6LBJ$509,000-54%608-51$837$2,084,9462Electric Entertainment
7The Killing of a Sacred Deer$476,24321%238152$2,001$1,559,4224A24
8American Made$454,000-43%419-244$1,084$50,756,8957Universal
9Let There Be Light$431,892-75%774132$558$5,256,7863Atlas
10Kingsman: The Golden Circle$420,000-49%421-381$998$99,411,4088Fox
11Marshall$419,425-17%60187$698$8,463,7835Open Road
12The Mountain Between Us$285,000-41%403-313$707$29,460,921620th Century Fox
13Wonderstruck$245,2206%261140$940$825,2624Roadside / Amazon
14Despicable Me 3$219,0002%1951$1,123$264,048,25520Universal
15Same Kind of Different as Me$190,000-57%296-228$642$6,157,3824Pure Flix Entertainment
16Goodbye Christopher Robin$180,000-50%196-66$918$1,523,3385Fox Searchlight
17Battle of the Sexes$95,000-49%103-55$922$12,480,0618Fox Searchlight
19Leap!$79,739-4%1100$725$21,736,00612The Weinstein Company
PLATFORM (1 — 99)
1Lady Bird$1,249,358243%3733$33,766$1,781,4382A24
2Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri$320,0004$80,000$320,0005Fox Searchlight
4My Friend Dahmer$190,000435%4541$4,222$243,2072FilmRise
5Last Flag Flying$172,000324%3228$5,375$241,7732Lionsgate
6A Question Of Faith$57,500278%305$1,917$2,438,8227Pure Flix Entertainment
7Novitiate$55,20629$1,904$166,0523Sony Pictures Classics
8The Snowman$36,000-79%85-439$424$6,658,7154Universal
9Faces Places$32,20720-8$1,610$424,1446Cohen Media Group
10Wind River$30,339-42%86-19$353$33,752,10215The Weinstein Company
11Breathe$17,059-57%32-26$533$455,4905Bleeker Street
12The Stray$17,00025%3411$500$1,551,9836Purdie Distribution
13Bill Nye: Science Guy$14,3501$14,350$22,7863PBS Distribution
14Thelma$12,3571$12,357$12,3571The Orchard
15BPM (Beats Per Minute)$10,7038%2014$535$56,2464The Orchard
16Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House$9,29516$581$755,5417Sony Pictures Classics
17Dina$4,866-63%8-16$608$88,1546The Orchard
18Friend Request$461-5%2-2$231$3,758,2858Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures