Weekend Box Office: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ shows this whole Marvel Cinematic Universe thing might just work

A Norse faith-themed inspirational tale has given Marvel Studios yet another #1 opening in their lineup. Over the weekend, Thor: Ragnarok opened in the top spot with $121 million domestic. By a large magin, that’s the highest debut yet for a Thor entry, and it ranks 7th among the 17 first-place openings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In the second spot, A Bad Moms Christmas showed that it’s still too early for Christmas movies and always too soon for a Bad Moms sequel. That’s a bit below the $23 million opening the original made before, holy crap, ultimately grossing $113 million. The at-best-mediocre follow-up isn’t likely to become such a sleeper hit, but with the holidays approaching, it may yet end up holding pretty well in its own right.

Jigsaw took the third spot with $6.7 million, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween fell to fourth with $4.7 million, and Geostorm dropped to fifth with $3 million.

Next weekend: Daddy’s Home 2 arrives to declare, “Move over, Bad Moms Christmas, here’s essentially the same premise, but with men!” But what’s that? Murder on the Orient Express also opens nationwide, and if your mom’s visiting, you could probably see that with her to give you something to do in silence for a couple hours. Can either take down Marvel’s proud hammer-owner? So we’ll see.

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