Best Man Holiday Stuns in Debut

'Thor 2' maintains lead, but never saw this coming

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 17, 2013 1:49 PM CST

(Newser) Thor: the Dark World ruled the weekend box office again, banking $38.5 million, but more exciting may be The Best Man Holiday—a black-American release that took second with a stunning $30.6 million debut, the LA Times reports. "There’s no crystal ball in guessing this stuff," said an exec at distributor Universal. "It was fair to think this film ... would open in the high teens." Also generating buzz is the Alexander Payne-directed Nebraska, which raked in a notable $140,000 at four locations. Wrapping up the top five are Last Vegas ($8.9 million), Free Birds ($8.3 million), and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa ($7.7 million), reports Entertainment Weekly.

This publicity file photo released by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel shows Chris Hemsworth in a scene from "Thor: The Dark World."   (AP Photo/Walt Disney Studios/Marvel, Jay Maidment, File)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Terrence Howard, Nia Long and Eddie Cibrian in a scene from "The Best Man Holiday." The movie releases in theaters Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Michael Gibson)
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