Weekend Box Office Nov. 3-5: 'Thor: Ragnarok' reigns and is Tyler Perry out of gas?
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Weekend Box Office Nov. 3-5: 'Thor: Ragnarok' reigns and is Tyler Perry out of gas?

Well, Marvel/Disney’s Thor: Ragnarok has, at last, brought this miserable fall film season to a temporary merciful end with a huge $121 million opening domestically and $427 million to-date worldwide. That makes it the biggest opening for any Thor film, beating out the first film which opened in 2011 with $65 million and 2013’s Thor: Dark World, which opened with $85 million. No doubt a lot of people were waiting for Ragnarok, but an even bigger question mark will be how DC/Warner Bros’ Justice League will open?

The good news for that film is that its running time is just under two hours, instead of the usual two and half hours that these films usually run, which means more showings per day. Also, The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon took over the post-production editing of the film and handed numerous reshoots for the film when the original director Zack Snyder was forced to drop out after principal shooting due to a family tragedy. Therefore, fanboys and fangirls are expecting that could mean a better-than-usual film than the typical DC movies. But we’ll see what happens when that film comes out in two weeks. One thing to keep in mind that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will for sure beat out both of them when it comes out in mid-December.

In a distant second place was the sequel A Bad Moms Christmas, which was not screened to the media before it was released because the distributor STX Entertainment knew what they had. But the film grossed $21.5 million this weekend, which was just $1.5 million less than what the first Bad Moms movie grossed and that film went on the become one of those genuine how-in-the-hell-did-that-film-make-so-much-money sleeper hits, making $113 million here and another $70 million overseas.

However, a few films seemed to have completely run out of gas. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Made Halloween is in fourth place with $43 million so far. That may sound fine until you consider that it’s about $21 million less than what the first Boo! film had at this exact same time last year. And Perry’s Madea films have always tended to be his highest-grossing films compared to his other movies. Does this mean that his audiences are tired of him or could he pull off another surprise?

Jigsaw, last weekend’s number one film, dropped a huge 60 percent from last week, grossing only $6.7 million with $28.8 meaning that whatever you call it, Jigsaw or Saw audiences have had their fill of it. In the meantime, Blade Runner 2049 has stalled at the box office and as predicted a few weeks ago, won’t even make $100 million domestically. Overseas, it appears to be something of a non-starter, grossing $154.5 million so far, giving it a worldwide total of $240 million, which may sound good but is a major disappointment for a film that tended to gross at least $500 million just to make even.

And last week’s major box office loser, the George Clooney/Matt Damon film Suburbicon, Geostorm, and Thank You for For Service continues their downward projection as major box office busts.

Full ilst:

1) Thor: Ragnarok BV $121,005,000

2) A Bad Moms Christmas STX $17,030,000 Total: $21,556,106

3) Jigsaw LGF $6,700,000 Total: $28,836,471

4) Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween LGF $4,650,000 Total: $42,958,423

5) Geostorm WB $3,035,000 Total: $28,770,341

6) Happy Death Day Uni. $2,815,000 Total: $52,967,505

7) Thank You for Your Service Uni. $2,260,000 Total: $7,355,730

8) Blade Runner 2049 WB $2,235,000 Total: $85,456,130

9) Only The Brave Sony $1,910,000 Total: $15,290,467

10) The Foreigner STX $1,550,000 Total: $31,947,983

11) Victoria and Abdul Focus $1,210,000 Total: $19,864,719

12) Suburbicon Par. $1,160,000 Total: $5,056,570

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