For the second weekend in a row, Paramount’s “Thor” won Friday night with $9.3 million, on track to score about $32 million in its second frame.
Down 65% from its opening night gross, the superhero pic is showing its legs in its second frame before being joined next weekend by fellow summer tentpole “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which has shown strong pre-release tracking.
Universal’s R-rated laffer “Bridesmaids” came in second with $7.8 million. Pic is somewhat of a wildcard for U. It targets a female demo with subject matter and topliners Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, but lacks a franchise name like “Sex and the City.”
It also bears the Judd Apatow pedigree, which may draw the male aud that will make all the difference this weekend. The studio expects “Bridesmaids” to gross somewhere in the low- or mid-teens with strong midweek figures as femme-skewing pics tend to perform well at weekday engagements.
A close third and fourth went to Universal’s “Fast Five” with $5.9 million and Sony/Screen Gems’ “Priest” with $5.6 million. Three weeks into its run, “Fast Five” is still performing strong and has cumed $155 million domestically.
At an approximately $60 million budget, “Priest” is Screen Gems’ most expensive pic to date. Of its 2,864 U.S. engagements, 70% are in 3D, which may give it a slight boost at the box office, but the pic is still expected to land somewhere in the teens for the weekend.
Warner Bros’ romantic comedy holdover “Something Borrowed” rounded out the top five with $2.3 million.