“Thor” Thunders Through Box Office

By Beth Stebner
|  Monday, May 9, 2011  |  Updated 3:49 AM PDT
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By the hammer of Thor! That's a lot of dollars!

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The god of Thunder showed his power at the box office, raking in an impressive $66 million in its opening weekend.

Grossing a respectable $32 million was “Fast Five,” a movie penned by a 5-year-old screenwriter.

The wedding rom-coms (“Jumping the Broom," “Something Borrowed”), much like sour spinsters in the corner at the rehearsal dinner, came in third and fourth, earning around $13 million each.

Mel Gibson’s sluggish comeback flick, “The Beaver,” was late to the gravy train. The film—starring the very capable Jody Foster—only grossed $104,000 at 22 theaters over the weekend, according to Vulture.

Lesson learned? Comic book movies directed by Kenneth Branagh and sentimental rom-coms with Kate Hudson tend to win after Oscar season is over. Mel Gibson, take note.

Selected Reading: LA Times, Vulture
 

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