With half the overall business for the weekend coming from Thor: The Dark World and its $85.7 million debut, not to mention no other wide releases to speak of, this was a genuine solo race to the top.
Important question, how good is $85.7 million for what is essentially a follow-up to The Avengers? Well, it’s certainly a good deal more than Thor earned two years ago ($65.7 million), but nowhere near Iron Man 3‘s $174.1 million. So my answer is Thor: The Dark World made just as much as it was expected of it, no more and definitely no less. Now Iron Man is an infinitely more popular superhero and even before The Avengers each flick debuted to over $100 million, without 3D. The original Thor was in fact released in 3D, so obviously the bump to Thor: The Dark World would be less pronounced then it was between Iron Man 2 ($128.1 million) and Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million). Among Marvel Comics adaptations, Thor is now second only to the much more popular Spider-Man, Iron Man or X-Men. What was essentially a second-rate superhero a few years back, Marvel turned into a bona fide star that can open higher than the arguably more famous Wolverine. That’s a win in my book and Thor: The Dark World should end up around $240 million in North America if it follows its predecessor.
The battle for second place was a close one but Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa ended up having what it takes to secure the spot. $11.3 million moved the crazy comedy to $78.7 million after 17 days. I’m thinking this could eventually crawl to $100 million, so a nice surprise.
Free Birds and Last Vegas were very close 3rd and 4th with $11.1 million and $11 million respectively. Since this were the least affected flicks in the top 10 by Thor: The Dark World, both are here to stay. Last Vegas has $33.4 million while Free Birds $30.1 million. One of this could either end up really close or even surpass Ender’s Game, the unthinkable a week ago.
The same can’t be said for Ender’s Game which took a higher than expected 62% fall. With $10.2 million over the weekend and only $44 million after 10 days, Ender is looking bad and won’t finish higher than $60 million if it keeps going down at this rate.