×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Strong With Estimated $84 Million Opening

'Ender's Game' falls quickly in second week as 'Bad Grandpa,' 'Free Birds,' 'Last Vegas' race for $11 million

After lighting up int’l plexes with a tremendous early bow, Disney opened “Thor: The Dark World” Stateside Friday to $31.6 million for a weekend haul now estimated at almost $84 million.

It’s not the $95 million some insiders thought it might make this frame, but it’s a fantastic start for the superhero sequel that far outperforms its 2011 predecessor ($65.7 million bow; $181 million domestic lifetime total) and adds to its more than $150 million in overseas coin.

Behind “Thor,” a number of holdovers are scuffling for second. Paramount’s “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” is expected to stay in second, though only by a hair with a little more than $11 million. CBS Films’ “Last Vegas” took third place Friday, but may fall behind Relativity’s “Free Birds” by weekend’s end, also in very close range of one another around $11 million.

Lionsgate-Summit’s “Ender’s Game” is in trouble in its second frame. Its $2.9 million Friday gross reps a roughly 70% drop from its opening night, and knocked out of the way by a thundering “Thor,” is expected to earn close to $10 million in three days for fifth in the domestic market.

Universal expanded “About Time” this weekend to 1,200 locations for $1.5 million Friday and an expected $5 million or so by Monday. Also expanding, Fox Searchlight bumped “12 Years a Slave” to 1,144 locations to slightly better results for the buzzed-about period drama: $1.9 million Friday and likely almost $7 million for the frame.

Popular on Variety

More Data

  • India, South Korea Lead Surge in

    India, South Korea Lead Surge in Asian Production, Rights Spending

    Spending on film, TV and online video content in Asia grew by 12% in 2018, a significant leap from 8% the previous year. The strongest growth came from India and South Korea, with Indonesia and Vietnam following. Data from the latest edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics, published by research and consultancy firm Media Partners [...]

  • Pride Parade and Festival in Salt

    New Study Shows Decline in LGBTQ Acceptance Among Young Americans

    A new study from GLAAD shows a significant decline in LGBTQ acceptance among young Americans aged 18-34. In a national survey among U.S. adults called the Accelerating Acceptance Index, the percentage of young Americans reporting being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with LGBTQ people across seven scenarios dropped from 53% to 45%, marking the second consecutive [...]

  • Majelan

    French Podcast App Majelan Launches With 13 Million Audio Episodes Across 50 Countries

    While the podcast space is heating up with a variety of players including Apple, Audible, Spotify and Luminary, a smaller-yet-promising French app called Majelan is rolling out across 50 countries with an international library of 280 000 audio series, or 13 millions episodes, in 15 languages. Majelan is also kicking off with 20 original or [...]

  • Globe Centred On Asia And Oceania,

    APOS: Online Video Headed for 15% Annual Growth, Disrupting Asia Markets

    A blistering 15% annual growth of online video will give the Asian video industry (TV, pay-TV, home entertainment and streaming) a growth rate nearly double that of North America for the next five years. According to a new report from Media Partners Asia, published on the eve of the APOS conference in Indonesia, Asia’s online [...]

  • FICCI-Frames: Digital Growing, But TV Still

    FICCI-Frames: TV Dominates India's Entertainment Sector (Study)

    India’s creative industries sector, comprising television, film, OTT and related industries had an overall market size of $23.9 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow 12% to reach $33.6 billion by 2021. That is according to the annual EY report released during the Frames conference in Mumbai, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    European Cinema Admissions Down 3.3% in 2018, but Hit 1.25 Billion for Fourth Year in a Row

    European cinema admissions hit 1.25 billion for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, despite dropping 3.3% from the record level set in 2017, according to figures released Wednesday by the International Union of Cinemas, or UNIC. Total box office revenue across Europe hit at least €8 billion ($9.1 billion), also for the fourth year running. The figures [...]

  • International 2018 Box Office Profits

    International Box Office Top 100 of 2018: Another Record Year, but Rise Is Slight

    International box office ticked up 1% over 2017 to a record $29.8 billion, helping to drive worldwide moviegoing up 2.7% to a new high-water mark of $41.7 billion. Most of the global increase came from North America, which surged 7% to $11.9 billion. “Avengers: Infinity War” became the seventh film to gross more than $1 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content