Box Office: ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Steams Past ‘Orient Express’ With $30-M
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ tops overall with a 2nd frame take of $56.6-M, ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Three Billboards’ shine at the specialty box office.
Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express, which took in $30-M and $28.2-M respectively, at the weekend provided a much-needed punch after a string of Fall films were ignored by audiences.
Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok won the frame with $56.6-M for a 10-day domestic box office take of $211.6-M.
Overseas, Ragnarok also topped the charts with $75.9-M for a foreign box office total of $438.5-M and a global haul of $650.1-M so far.
In North America, the 3-quel has already surpassed the 1st 2 Thorfilms, as well as boasting the best hold ever of any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (54%).
Paramount’s, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) Daddy’s Home 2, playing in 3,565 theaters, came in 2nd after laughing past Orient Express, that thanks to a strong family turnout. The movie landed the 2nd-biggest bow of the year for a comedy behind Girls Trip ($31.7-M).
The follow-up Daddy’s Home scored an A-CinemaScore, compared to a B+ for the first one.
Fox’s (NASDAQ:FOXA) star-studded Murder on the Orient Express placed 3rd, is a victory for the sort of adult-skewing fare that has suffered with the advent of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and other platforms. The remake of the classic is playing in 3,341 theaters, beat projections despite so-so reviews and a B CinemaScore. Overseas, the movie grossed $45.8-M from 57 market, including a better-than-expected $19-M in China for a global box office of $85.4-M.
STXfilms’ R-rated comedy Bad Moms Christmas impressed in its 2nd weekend, grossing $11.5-M for a domestic take of $39.9-M. The sequel dipped 45% from its 5-day debut and 31% from its 1st weekend showing.
Orient Express, Daddy’s Home 2 and Bad Moms 2 are positioned to play through the Thanksgiving Holiday.
At the specialty box office
Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed dramedy Lady Bird expanded into a total of 37 theaters. From A24, the movie shot up to #10 with $1.2-M for a mighty screen average of $33,766 and a 10-day domestic box office of $1.8-M.
Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, starring Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, posted a stellar screen average of $80,000 in its debut in 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.
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