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“Thor” Thunders To Top Of Weekend Box-Office

The latest Marvel superhero movie, “Thor,” got off to a decent yet unspectacular start at the domestic box office this weekend, narrowly missing its pre-release target with an estimated $66 million gross, according to studio data.

The Paramount-distributed film, which arrived with a studio-reported production budget of $150 million, also grossed $46 million at a whopping 12,476 international playdates, bringing its global total to $242 million.

Domestically, “Fast Five” dropped off a whopping 62 percent from its incendiary first weekend, grossing $32.5 million.

Two romantic comedies also debuting widely this weekend — Sony’s African-American-targeted “Jumping the Broom” and Warner’s “Something Borrowed” — both hit or exceeded their pre-release targets.

The TD Jakes-produced “Broom” grossed $13.7 million playing at 2,035 locations, generating an A grade from moviegoer survey firm Cinemascore.

The film cost Sony only $6.6 million to produce.

“Ten million would have been a good hit for us,” said Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer. “We’re really going to do well with this film.”

Kate Hudson film “Something Borrowed,” meanwhile, grossed $13.2 million playing at 2,904 dates.

Here’s how the top 10 finished:

“Thor”  $66 million
“Fast Five”  $32.5 million
“Jumping the Broom”  $13.7 million
“Something Borrowed”  $13.2 million
Rio”  $8.2 million
Water for Elephants”  $5.6 million
Madea’s Big Happy Family”  $3.9 million
Prom”  $2.4 million
Soul Surfer”  $2.1 million
Hoodwinked Too!”  $1.9 million


Chris Hemsworth
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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