Weekend Box Office: Best Man Holiday Celebrates Success, Thor Holds On To Number One

By Scott Gwin 2013-11-17 16:33:38discussion comments
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It was a weekend worth celebrating for the heavily marketed The Best Man Holiday. The follow up to the lesser known 1999 release The Best Man banked $30 million against its modest $17 million budget for a financially solid opening.

Holiday marks the highest opening for director Malcolm D. Lee and, given this opening success, may mark a franchise opportunity. Any franchise would be better than his last: as the helmer of Scary Movie 5 Lee found himself sucked into one of the most useless film series to haunt the screen.

Despite The Best Man Holiday's success, Thor: The Dark World held on to first place, adding $38 million to its $146 million domestic total. It passed The Wolverine to become the third highest grossing comic-flick of the year, but looks to fall well short of Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 and their $291 million and $409 million respective totals.

Gravity climbed to the fifth highest grossing film of the year to date with its $240 million domestic total. It's not likely to move any higher up that chart, but with only a handful of films set to release in the last few weeks of the year, it's a lock to stick in the top ten of the year and one of only two or three non-sequels on that list.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

Thor: The Dark World    $38,454,000 Total: $146,965,000 LW: 1    
THTRS: 3,841
The Best Man Holiday *   $30,593,000 Total: $30,593,000 LW: N     
THTRS: 2,024
Last Vegas    $8,850,000 Total: $46,958,000 LW: 4    
THTRS: 3,237
Free Birds    $8,300,000 Total: $42,218,000 LW: 3    
THTRS: 3,510
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa    $7,670,000 Total: $90,202,000 LW: 2    
THTRS: 3,190
Gravity    $6,280,000 Total: $240,556,000 LW: 6    
THTRS: 2,560
Ender's Game    $6,200,000 Total: $53,777,000 LW: 5    
THTRS: 3,236
12 Years a Slave    $4,700,000 Total: $24,949,000 LW: 7    
THTRS: 1,411
Captain Phillips    $4,500,000 Total: $97,617,000 LW: 8    
THTRS: 2,626
About Time    $3,462,000 Total: $11,568,000 LW: 9    
THTRS: 1,280

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