Ragnarok Rages Again

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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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charitysplace 4 days ago
I'm looking forward to Darkest Hour.

Hope I can sneak in a viewing on Black Friday, while everyone else is in line at Target.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I absolutely cannot wait for Justice League! I grew up watching The Animated Series (which to this day is still an awesome show), and while the movie probably won't be as good, it's awesome to know they're getting a movie!

Anyone else seeing it Thursday night?
bobed 5 days ago
Sooner rather than later, audiences will grow tired of unreal stories about superhuman models of perfection fighting on weird planets, and good, human dramas about normal people will become all the rage again. I look forward to that day.
bobed 5 days ago
...and it looks like that day might not be far off. Someday soon, we'll see a movie like Murder on the Orient Express beat a movie like Thor.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

While I also think that audiences will eventually tire of super hero films, I also think that as long as Hollywood makes more super hero films like The Dark Knight, Doctor Strange and Logan (which are all unique takes on the super hero genre) and less films like Xmen Apocalypse and Suicide Squad (which are by the numbers good guys stop bad guy films), people will tire of super hero films later rather than sooner.

The YA novel adaption franchise died out because they were all a dime a dozen 'teenager is the chosen one destined to stop the evil government'. If comic book films can avoid doing this, they'll have a longer life in audiences' interests.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Murder on the Orient Express is about normal people? Hey now, Poirot's mustache looks pretty superhuman to me! :p

- Lionsong
bobed 5 days ago
It's about non-superheroes, but yes, the facial hair is super.
Evan Weisensel 4 days ago
Funnily enough, I watched a review of Orient Express that called Hercule the owner of "Earth's Mightiest Mustache." also, the reviewer pointed out that they seemed to have pitched the film as a a sort of superhero film in regards to portraying the main character and his abilities. So, there's that I guess...