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‘Thor’ bashes box office with $86M

NEW YORK (AP) — Superheroes continue to defeat their foes at the box office.

Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World,” earning $86.1 million, dominated the weekend box office as it opened domestically at No. 1, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, the Marvel superhero sequel earned $109.4 million when it opened internationally last weekend and $94 million internationally this weekend.

Surpassing the ticket sales of “Thor,” which scored $65.7 million when it opened in May of 2011, “Thor: The Dark World” marks a record for a Disney November opening, topping the $70.5 million “The Incredibles” earned in 2004.

Paramount hidden-camera comedy “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” held the second-place slot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, earning $11.3 million during its third weekend, with a domestic total reaching more than $78 million.

Relativity Media’s 3-D animated kiddie flick “Free Birds,” soared into third place with $11.2 million in its second weekend.

CBS Films’ “Last Vegas,” featuring an all-star cast including Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, took fourth place in its second weekend.

Last weekend’s box office champ, the sci-fi adaptation “Ender’s Game,” starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield and Viola Davis, dropped to fifth place in its second weekend.

“Once ‘Thor’ opened, it presented a pretty healthy competitor to all of the movies in the marketplace,” Dergarabedian said. “We’re starting this process of the holiday movie season, which dollar for dollar, is just as important as the summer movie season. In a seven- to eight-week period, we are talking about close to 20 percent of the total-year box office.”

Expanding to 1,144 theaters in its fourth week, possible Oscar contender “12 Years a Slave” brought in an impressive $6.6 million over the weekend at No. 7.

In its first weekend “The Book Thief,” starring Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse, had a firm opening with $27,000. It debuted in limited release in just four locations.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Thor: The Dark World,” $86.1 million ($94 million international).

2. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” $11.3 million ($3.4 million international).

3. “Free Birds,” $11.2 million ($1 million international).

4. “Last Vegas,” $11.1 million.

5. “Ender’s Game,” $10.2 million ($4 million international).

6. “Gravity,” $8.4 million ($26.3 million international).

7. “12 Years a Slave,” $6.6 million.

8. “Captain Phillips,” $5.8 million ($7.7 million international).

9. “About Time,” $5.1 million ($3.1 million international).

10. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” $2.8 million ($7.7 million international).

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Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. “Thor: The Dark World,” 94 million.

2. “Gravity,” $26.3 million.

3. “Escape Plan,” $15.5 million.

4. “Sole a Catinelle,” $10.7 million.

5. “Fack Ju Gohte,” $9.5 million.

6. “Captain Phillips,” $7.7 million.

(tie) “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” $7.7 million.

8. “Turbo,” $5 million.

9. “Ender’s Game,” $4 million.

10. “Planes,” $3.9 million.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jessica Herndon on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/SomeKind

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.



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