It’s been a very busy November at the box office so far. While “Thor: Ragnarok” easily held on to the No. 1 spot this weekend, Fox’s “Murder On The Orient Express” and “Daddy’s Home 2” are still in a close race for second, with each performing above tracker expectations.
“Thor” is estimated to finish its second weekend with $56 million, a 54 percent drop-off from its $122.7 million opening that brings its ten-day total to $209 million and its global total past $600 million.
Meanwhile, in the race between the new releases, “Daddy’s Home 2” is currently estimated to take second with $29.5 million from 3,575 screens against a $69 million budget, with “Murder” just behind with $28.4 million from 3,341 screens against a $55 million budget.
By comparison, the first “Daddy’s Home” made $38 million in its 2015 opening, but that opening likely got an extra boost from family audiences with its Christmas Day release. For Paramount, this is a much-needed result, as “Daddy’s Home 2” will be the second-highest opening for them this year behind the $44 million made by the underperforming tentpole “Transformers: The Last Knight.” The sequel was panned by critics with a 16 percent Rotten Tomatoes, but it got an A- on CinemaScore, better than the B+ earned by its predecessor
As for “Murder,” this is a very solid result for an Agatha Christie adaptation firmly aimed at audiences north of 35, at a time when mid-budget major releases are becoming rarer and rarer. The film is also doing well in the U.K., where it made just under $12 million. Critics and audiences were mixed on the film, giving it 59 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a B on CinemaScore.
Taking fourth place is STX’s “A Bad Moms Christmas” with $11.5 million, giving it a ten-day total of $39.8 million. “Jigsaw” is in a distant fifth with $3.5 million in its third weekend.
More to come…
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Source: The Wrap