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:

1.
Thor: The Dark World $38,454,000 Total: $146,965,000 LW: 1
THTRS: 3,841
2.
The Best Man Holiday * $30,593,000 Total: $30,593,000 LW: N
THTRS: 2,024
3.
Last Vegas $8,850,000 Total: $46,958,000 LW: 4
THTRS: 3,237
4.
Free Birds $8,300,000 Total: $42,218,000 LW: 3
THTRS: 3,510
5.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa $7,670,000 Total: $90,202,000 LW: 2
THTRS: 3,190
6.
Gravity $6,280,000 Total: $240,556,000 LW: 6
THTRS: 2,560
7.
Ender's Game $6,200,000 Total: $53,777,000 LW: 5
THTRS: 3,236
8.
12 Years a Slave $4,700,000 Total: $24,949,000 LW: 7
THTRS: 1,411
9.
Captain Phillips $4,500,000 Total: $97,617,000 LW: 8
THTRS: 2,626
10.
About Time $3,462,000 Total: $11,568,000 LW: 9
THTRS: 1,280

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