Box Office: ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Takes Number One Again But ‘The Best Man Holiday’ Holds its Own in Second

By Will Ashton


It shouldn’t be a surprise that Thor: The Dark World was the reigning champ at the box office again this weekend. But what was a bit surprising was that The Best Man Holiday—this weekend’s only new wide release—held its own in second.

The superhero sequel earned $38.4 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic gross to $149.9 million. The Best Man Holiday, meanwhile, earned $30.6 million, way surpassing its predicted $18 million estimated gross. Considering the budget was $17 million, it appears that the movie is in the green.

I haven’t gotten the chance to see the sequel, but I did watch the original The Best Man over the summer and I’m looking forward to checking out the sequel and seeing that it is doing well.

In other news, Gravity officially became the fifth highest grossing film of the year this weekend, coming in sixth place with, appropriately, $6.2 million. The film has now earned $240.5 million. Meanwhile, the film I got to check out finally this weekend, 12 Years a Slave, came in eighth with $4.7 million, bringing in $24.5 million total after expanding to 267 theaters.

Also opening this weekend, in limited release, was Nebraska. It was able to pull in $140,000 in four theaters.

Coming out next week is the much anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, along with Delivery Man and, in limited release, Philomena. No surprise here. We’ll have to see just how much change the Hunger Games sequel brings in next week.

Check out the full box office below:

1.  Thor: The Dark World $38,454,000 $149.9
2.  The Best Man Holiday $30,593,000 $30.6
3.  Last Vegas $8,850,000 $46.9
4.  Free Birds $8,300,000 $42.2
5.  Bad Grandpa $7,670,000 $90.2
6  Gravity $6,280,000 $240.5
7.  Ender’s Game $6,200,000 $53.7
8.  12 Years a Slave $4,700,000 $24.9
9.  Captain Phillips $4,500,000 $97.6
10.  About Time $3,620,000 $11.5

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