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Thor: Ragnarok remains on top in US as Daddy's Home 2 and Orient Express open well

Thor Ragnarok

Story by Jack Foley

THOR: Ragnarok has remained on top of the US box office in what proved to be a highly profitable weekend with the surprise over-performance of new releases Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder On The Orient Express.

The third stand-alone film in the Thor franchise took $56.6 million for a 10-day US tally of $211.6 million.

Overseas, Ragnorak also continued to top the charts with $75.9 million for a foreign total of $438.5 million and global haul of $650.1 million. It has now become the 12th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to top $500 million worldwide.

Back in the US, the three-quel has already passed the totals of the first two Thor films, as well as boasting the best hold of any title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

That in itself was enough to give the beleaguered box office a boost. But both of the weekend’s major new releases also did better than expected.

Comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2 came in second after snagging $30 million, the second-best debut of the year so far for a comedy behind Girls Trip. The sequel sees the return of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, with Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the cast as their respective fathers.

If the sequel’s opening figure didn’t come close to the original Daddy’s Home, which launched to $38.7 million over its Christmas 2015 weekend debut, the original at least had the advantage of playing to families for the holidays.

In third place, meanwhile, was the star-studded remake of Agatha Christie classic Murder On The Orient Express. Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, the ensemble is also comprised of Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daisy Ridley.

It marks the fourth big-screen or television adaptation of Christie’s classic tale and took $28.2 million.

A Bad Moms Christmas finished fourth with $11.5 million in its second weekend, showing better holding power than anticipated. The film has grossed nearly $40 million in its first 12 days.