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'Thor' still reigns at box office

on November 18, 2013 11:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — In an unlikely battle of sequels, “Thor: The Dark World” bested “The Best Man Holiday” at the box office.

Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World” continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Opening 15 years after the original “The Best Man,” Universal’s “The Best Man Holiday” opened strongly with $30.6 million.

Drawing an overwhelmingly female and African-American audience, “The Best Man Holiday” was a surprise challenger for the mighty “Thor.” The R-rated romantic comedy, with an ensemble cast including Morris Chestnut and Taye Diggs, debuted with more than three times the box office of 1999’s “The Best Man.” That film opened with $9 million.

The performance of Malcolm D. Lee’s “The Best Man Holiday” continued an ongoing trend. Movies that appeal particularly to black audiences have often been surpassing expectations at the box office.

The audience for “Best Man Holiday” was 87 percent African-American. A third “Best Man” film now seems a likely bet.

Estimated ticket sales below are 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.

1. “Thor: The Dark World,” $38.5 million ($52.5 million international)

2. “The Best Man Holiday,” $30.6 million

3. “Last Vegas,” $8.9 million ($3.5 million international)

4. “Free Birds,” $8.3 million ($1.2 million international)

5. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” $7.7 million ($5.5 million international)

6. “Gravity,” $6.3 million ($18.5 million)

7. “Ender’s Game,” $6.2 million ($2.2 million international)

8. “12 Years a Slave,” $4.7 million

9. “Captain Phillips,” $4.5 million ($8.4 million international)

10. “About Time,” $3.5 million ($1.9 million international)

IMAGE: Tom Hiddleston (left) and Chris Hemsworth in a scene from "Thor: The Dark World."

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