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'Thor: Ragnarok' to Continue Box Office Reign Over Newcomers With $63 Million

'Thor: Ragnarok' to Continue Box Office Reign Over Newcomers With $63 Million

The most-watched movies this weekend were dominated by sequels and remakes, with projections from Box Office Pro showing seven of 10 falling into that category.

Overseas, Ragnarok also topped the charts with $75.9-M for a foreign box office total of $438.5-M and a global haul of $650.1-M so far.

The film starring Chris Hemsworth generated $56.6 million in USA and Canadian theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. estimated Sunday in an email. It will be the ninth-highest grosser of 2017 this weekend and wind up the weekend with around $215 million domestically.

Bagging third place was "Murder on the Orient Express", the fourth television or cinema adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic detective novel, with earnings of $28.2 million.

"Thor", the third Disney film based on the Marvel character, was expected to take in $57.5 million during its second weekend in domestic theaters, according to Box Office Pro. The overall weekend totaled about $148 million, down 6% from the same frame in 2016, according to comScore. "The clock is ticking and there's not a lot of time left on the calendar to make up the difference".

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Daddy's Home 2, which adds John Lithgow and Mel Gibson to the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg formula, took second place with $30 million. Wonder Woman remains the seventh-highest grossing film of the year worldwide with $821.8 million.

Fox's (NASDAQ:FOXA) star-studded Murder on the Orient Express placed 3rd, is a victory for the sort of adult-skewing fare that has suffered with the advent of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and other platforms. Paramount's distribution president Kyle Davies pointed to an A- CinemaScore as an indication that the "Daddy's Home 2" is resonating with all demographics - and should perform well in coming weeks.

He is part of an A-list cast featuring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Judi Dench. "Murder on the Orient Express", set in the 1930s in Central Europe, was adapted by Michael Green and carries a $55 million budget.

The film stars Kathryn Hahn, Mila Kunis, and Kristen Bell as three mothers who are forced to deal with their mothers - played by Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hinds, and Christine Baranski - when they unexpectedly show up for the holidays. The film has grossed almost $40 million in its first 12 days. And A24's "Lady Bird" looks to have the potential of being a big earner.

Early awards contender "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson, opened with a strong $102,000 at four locations on Friday, with $290,000 projected for the weekend.


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