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|November 20, 2017|
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ rules the box office
HOLLYWOOD - In an era when many tentpole franchise installments have stalled, director Taika Waitii's Thor: Ragnarok is wielding nothing short of a golden hammer at the box office for Disney and Marvel Studios.
It its opening weekend, the threequel opened with $121 million. Thor: Ragnarok — with Chris Hemsworth returning in the titular role and Cate Blanchett introduced as Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death — helped restored luster to the domestic box office after a miserable October, posting the fourth-best opening of the year to date.
Year over year, box office revenue is down more than 9 percent as A Bad Moms Christmas bowed behind expectations and wound up in 2nd place. It reunites Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as they rebel against the pressure of creating the perfect holiday while having to deal with their own mothers.
The previous two box office winners — Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw” and “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” — took the third and fourth spots.
Warner Bros.’ third frame of “Geostorm” followed in fifth.
George Clooney's ill-fated Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, fell a steep 59 percent in its second week, Variety reported.
Story Date: November 11, 2017