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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This weekend saw the wide release of comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2, and the Agatha Christie adaptation, Murder on the Orient Express.

On top for the second weekend in a row is Thor: Ragnarok with $56.6 million, dropping a respectable 53.9 percent from its already impressive opening weekend. This brings its domestic cume to $211.6 million and worldwide total to $650 million. This already pushes Thor: Ragnarok ahead of both of its predecessors’ total worldwide box office haul, which is quite the accomplishment. This also goes to show the staying power of a film that clicks with both fans and critics alike.

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In second place is the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home 2. The film opened with a respectable $30 million domestically (down from the original film’s $38 million opening). considering its $69 million price tag, it still has quite a bit to make up for. However, considering its poor critical reception, it’s about as good of an opening one can expect. It’s worth noting that with its A- CinemaScore, audiences largely came out happy with this film, which may be part of the reason why it did as well as it did. At the end of the day, it’s aiming for a certain audience that will be pleased with the end result.

In third place is Murder on the Orient Express, the latest Agatha Christie adaptation from director/actor Kenneth Branagh. With $28.2 million, its well on its way to recouping its $55 million budget — especially when you take into account the worldwide total. It’s by no means a home run, but it’s not a bad offering. With its 58 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s just shy of being “fresh,” and that pretty much seems to be the general consensus. It’s competent, with plenty of talent, but pretty much comes up feeling less than the sum of its parts, which is reflected in its B CinemaScore.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, November 12, are below.

  1. Thor: Ragnarok – Disney – $56.6M
  2. Daddy’s Home 2 – Paramount – $30.0M
  3. Murder On The Orient Express – 20th Century Fox – $28.2M
  4. Bad Moms Christmas, A – STX Entertainment – $11.5M
  5. Jigsaw – Lionsgate – $3.4M
  6. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Hallloween – Lionsgate – $2.1M
  7. Geostorm – Warner Bros. – $1.5M
  8. Blade Runner 2049 – Warner Bros. – $1.4M
  9. Happy Death Day – Universal – $1.3M
  10. Lady Bird – A24 – $1.3M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, November 12, are below.

  1. Thor: Ragnarok – Disney – $132.5M
  2. Murder On The Orient Express – 20th Century Fox – $74.0M
  3. Daddy’s Home 2 – Paramount Pictures – $30.4M
  4. Bad Moms Christmas, A – STX Entertainment – $20.0M
  5. Jigsaw – Lionsgate – $12.0M
  6. Paddington 2 – Multiple – $11.5M
  7. Coco – Disney – $8.4M
  8. Happy Death Day – Universal – $8.1M
  9. Suck Me Shakespeer 3 – Constantine – $7.1M
  10. Geostorm – Warner Bros. – $7.0M

What do you think of this weekend box office? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

  • Kronx

    I enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express and thought it did a nice job of balancing mild humor with intrigue.

    The only thing that really caused a problem for me is the lack of time with the train passengers. I haven’t read the book so I don’t know how it should have played out, but it feels like there was a central theme of being broken that the film didn’t quite get to.

    Also, there’s the problem that Hercule Poirot spills critical evidence information to suspects throughout the film.

    And it seemed odd that Ratchett wouldn’t have recognized anyone.

    Oh well, it was still a nice change of pace. Good to see a film without superheroes in it for a change. Though it did have, Catwoman, the Green Goblin, Rey, Capt. Sparrow, Gilderoy Lockart, and M in it.

  • Neil Pye

    That’s gotta be a kick in the balls to Branagh. Got beat by the franchise he originally helmed… in it’s second week… by twice as much…

    • Kindofabigdeal

      That’s what he gets for kicking us in the balls with that Imagine Dragons trailer.

  • Deathstroke936

    I also saw Orient Express and I can say easily as a cbm fan, that this movie was way better than any cbm this year. Better than WW and Logan (my favorite two) and 100 times better than Thor for sure…

    Unless JL exceeds all my expectations, I believe Orient Express and Get Out are the best films I’ve seen this year…

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Wow you have terrible taste in films. JK, but not Simmons.

      • Deathstroke936

        True… but something tells me you haven’t seen Orient Express…

  • J-man The Great

    OE was meh…somewhat entertaining but it was too long and by the end I almost didn’t care who did it! Best movies of the year for me are still John Wick 2, Dunkirk, and City of Ghosts.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.