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

(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.

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May 9, 2011 3:43 PM CDT
Have to say overall it was decent. Action was a little off. I'm an old fan of the comic since the 80s. Green screen stuff was cool. Should have had more brawl scenes like the ones in the land of the frost giants. All in all, it was a pretty good movie. Don't see em making another but i'll see it again or buy it on blu ray when it comes out.
May 9, 2011 9:12 AM CDT
Just because it made money doesn't mean it didn't suck. Can't connect with the main character, weak fighting scenes and slow overall.
May 9, 2011 6:36 AM CDT
It's taking advantage of weak competition. I was looking at current movies recently and every one that seemed halfway interesting was panned by the critics. Thor was the only one I was even halfway interested in watching, which was a little depressing.