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Thor: The Dark World remains on top in US for second weekend

Thor: The Dark World

Story by Jack Foley

THOR: The Dark World remained at the top of the US box office for a second weekend despite strong competition from Malcolm D. Lee’s African-American comedy The Best Man Holiday.

The Marvel superhero movie grossed a mighty $38.4 million in its sophomore run for a total of $150 million in the US so far, although The Best Man Holiday did a lot better than expected with $30.6 million to place second.

That film sees Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa reprising their roles from the 1999 original and comfortably surpassed pre-weekend estimates, which had predicted an opening in the $20 million range.

Thor‘s success continued Marvel’s hot streak following the success of The Avengers, which has sparked a halo effect among subsequent superhero releases. Iron Man 3 is one of the highest grossing films of all time following its release earlier this year, while Thor: The Dark World has now surpassed the total world-wide grosses of its predecessor, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger by taking $479.8 million in total from all markets it is playing in.

Internationally, Thor is enjoying particularly strong returns in the UK (where it has now grossed $27.4 million), as well as China, Russia, Brazil and Mexico.

Elsewhere at the US box office, ensemble comedy Last Vegas, co-starring Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro, came third in its third weekend, with $8.9 million, while animated family movie Free Birds came fourth with $8.3 million.

Paramount’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa crossed the $90 million mark in the US, grossing $7.8 million and rounding out the top five.

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