Who says this isn't the Marvel Age of entertainment, true believer?
Certainly not the legions of moviegoers who flocked to the theater this weekend to see "Thor: The Dark World." And the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster delivered on both fan and box office expectations, earning a strong A- Cinemascore from viewers as well as an impressive $86.1 million.
That's considerably more than the $65.7 million 2011's "Thor" earned in its first weekend. And the numbers were even bigger overseas, where "Thor: The Dark World" opened a week early: With $240.3 million internationally, the sci-fi superhero fantasy has already grossed $326.4 million worldwide.
Naturally, with "Thor: The Dark World" sucking all the air out of the room, the news wasn't so good for the rest of the box office, particularly last weekend's champ, "Ender's Game." Catering to the same potential crowd as "Thor: The Dark World," "Ender's Game" took a massive hit, dropping 62% from last weekend for a second frame total of just $10.3 million and a fifth place finish. That should just about kill any talk of a sequel.
Meanwhile, the season's top three Oscar favorites all stayed strong, capitalizing on that small portion of the world's population that wasn't interested in Asgardian deities fighting evil elves in spaceships. "Gravity," for instance, brought in another $8.4 million, good for a sixth place finish, while "12 Years a Slave" continued its strategy of slow expansion, riding stellar reviews and word of mouth to $6.6 million and a seventh place finish. And "Captain Phillips" earned another $5.8 million to land in eighth place.
Next weekend has already been more or less ceded to "Thor: The Dark World," as "The Best Man Holiday" is the only wide release hitting theaters. For now, though, here's a look at this weekend's box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Thor: The Dark World" - $86.1m (our review)
2. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" - $11.3m
3. "Free Birds" - $11.2m (our review)
4. "Last Vegas" - $11.1m (our review)
5. "Ender's Game" - $10.3m (our review)
6. "Gravity" - $8.4m (our review)
7. "12 Years a Slave" - $6.6m (our review)
8. "Captain Phillips" - $5.8m (our review)
9. "About Time" - $5.2m
10. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" - $2.8m (our review)