Thor Thunders Past Rivals

With $66M, it's Marvel's third-best new-franchise opening

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2011 3:14 AM CDT

(Newser) Thor hammered the competition over the weekend, pulling in $66 million and exceeding studio expectations. Though Thor is a lesser-known comic book title, the movie was Marvel's third-highest opening for a new franchise, behind the $115 million pulled in by Spider-Man in 2002, and the $98.6 million Iron Man reeled in three years ago. Fast Five also continued strong in its second weekend, taking in an additional $32.5 million to bring its domestic total to $140 million. Which movie didn't do so hot? The Beaver. The Mel Gibson-helmed film made $104,000 at 22 theaters. You can check out the full box office rundown here.

Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins are shown in a scene from the film, Thor.
Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins are shown in a scene from the film, "Thor."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures-Marvel Studios, Zade Rosenthal)
Chris Hemsworth portrays the title character in a scene from the film, Thor.
Chris Hemsworth portrays the title character in a scene from the film, "Thor."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures-Marvel Studios, Zade Rosenthal)
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