Ragnarok Rages Again

Hulk from Thor: Ragnarok

For the second straight week, it was hammertime.

No one could touch Thor: Ragnarok this weekend. Marvel’s latest superhero smashfest banked an estimated $56.6 million and pulled its overall gross to around $211.6 million. That makes Ragnarok the most lucrative Thor movie of all time (though, granted, we’ve only seen three of them) and pushed it into the year’s top 10. It’s ninth, just in front of Dunkirk ($187.9 million) and just behind The Fate of the Furious ($225.8 million). Clearly, this film is just 2 Legit 2 Quit.

‘Course, a successful superhero movie is hardly a story this year. When you look at the year’s 10 highest-grossing movies, five of them feature supercharged, do-gooding humanoids: Wonder Woman (second with $412.6 million); Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (third, $389.8 million); Spider-Man: Homecoming (fourth, $334.1 million); Logan ($226.3 million) and, of course, Ragnarok. Oh, and The LEGO Batman Movie just missed the cut at No. 11 ($175.8 million). Methinks that D.C.’s Avengers-style Justice League, out Friday, will soon join the cool kids up top.

But while Ragnarok certainly thundered this weekend, a couple of other new releases made some noise of their own.

Daddy’s Home 2 shook off negative reviews, outperformed Paramount’s expectations and finished second to the mighty Thor, collecting around $30 million. Murder on the Orient Express chugged out of the weekend station with $28.2 million: Its distributor, 20th Century Fox, had no clue that it’d be so lucrative. (If they had, my guess is that Hercule Poirot’s mustache would’ve been even more impressive.)

A handful of holdovers closed out the top five. A Bad Moms Christmas cleared $11.5 million for fourth, while Jigsaw finished fifth with $3.4 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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