'Thor,' swinging his mighty hammer, smashes Hollywood's slump

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 06 2017 08:42 AM

World Premiere of 'Thor: Ragnarok' – Los Angeles, California, US. Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

After a dismal October for Hollywood, Disney and Marvel Studio's "Thor: Ragnarok" proved a smashing success this weekend, pulling in $121 million in North American theaters for a global total of $427 million, according to industry estimates.

How big was the film's 3-day opening? Well, the latest "Thor" episode, boosted by strong reviews and the self-mocking humor of Chris Hemsworth as the powerful Norse god (with Cate Blanchett as Hela, goddess of death), netted more than 7 times the take of last week's leader, Lionsgate's "Jigsaw."

That movie, which has police investigating a string of horrific murders carried out in the style of supposedly long-dead killer Jigsaw, dropped this weekend to third place at $6.7 million, according to website Exhibitor Relations.

In second was "A Bad Mom's Christmas," from STX Entertainment, at $17 million. That comedy stars three women -- Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn -- whose plans change when their mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon) drop in unexpectedly for the holidays.

In fourth position was Lionsgate's "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" at $4.7 million. The light comedy has actor/director Tyler Perry and buddies heading to a campground which -- surprise! -- turns out to be haunted.

In fifth spot was "Geostorm" from Warner Bros., at $3 million. The sci-fi disaster thriller follows Gerard Butler as he struggles to save the world from an apocalyptic storm caused by climate-controlling satellites run amok.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Happy Death Day" ($2.8 million)
"Thank You for Your Service" ($2.3 million)
"Blade Runner: 2049" ($2.2 million)
"Let There Be Light" ($2.2 million)
"Only the Brave" ($1.9 million)