Thor: Ragnarok continued its domination at the domestic box office Thursday, far-outdistancing newcomers Murder on the Orient Express and Daddy’s Home 2 in their Thursday night previews. Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok is already a box office juggernaut, having earned more than earning $122.7 million in its opening frame, which boosted its weekend take to $431 million globally.
On Thursday, the film crossed the $500 million mark, and in all likelihood it will eclipse $600 million mark worldwide within the week. So far, the film appears to be living up to all of its pre-release hype, which included stellar reviews and a "fresh" rating of 93 percent on critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes - and that momentum is priming the film to have another huge weekend at the box office.
According to Deadline, Thor: Ragnarok earned $7 million domestically on Thursday night, bringing its running total to $155 million. The third Thor solo film is projected to easily win its second weekend in theaters stateside, with an estimated $60 million in ticket sales.
The latest big-screen adaptation of legendary author Agatha Christie's classic whodunnit, Murder on the Orient Express, took in an estimated $1.6 million in Thursday night previews in 2,775 locations, Deadline says. Expanding to 3,341 locations Friday, Murder on the Orient Express, is directed by and stars Kenneth Branaugh as Christie's famed detective character Hercule Poirot.
The film boasts an impressive ensemble cast, including Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Leslie Odom Jr., Derek Jacobi, Willem Dafoe, Olivia Colman, and Josh Gad. The film is currently sitting a respectable 63 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is projected to make in the neighborhood of the high teens to low $20 million range domestically over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Daddy's Home 2, the sequel to Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg hit comedy Daddy's Home from 2015, scored $1.5 million in Thursday night previews on 2,800 screens, according to Deadline. Saddled with a dismal 13 percent "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the comedy is expected to gross in the low $20 million range domestically this weekend when it expands to 3,573 theaters.
As dominant as Disney and Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok has been in the last week and will continue to be this weekend, it appears that its reign as box office champ will only last two weekends. Warner Bros. and DC Film's superhero conglomerate Justice League opens nationwide November 17, and like its Disney/Marvel competitor, it's benefiting from early positive praise. Early tracking for the film estimates the film will open in the $150 million range domestically on more than 4,000 screens.