Chris Hemsworth's Thor Tops Weekend Box Office
Marvel Comics fans made their way to movie theaters in droves this weekend, elevating the Chris Hemsworth picture Thor to the top of the box office with a $66 million take.
Costarring Natalie Portman, the action film, distributed by Paramount and produced by Marvel Studios, had the third highest debut of a Marvel flick, placing behind Spider-Man and Iron Man.
Fast Five, the fifth installment of the Paul Walker-Vin Diesel Fast and the Furious franchise, fell to second place in its second weekend out of the gate. Taking in $32.5 million according to early Sunday estimates, Fast Five topped Rango to become 2011's top-grossing film to date.
Romantic comedies Jumping the Broom ($13.7 mil) and Something Borrowed ($13.2 mil) were deadlocked at the weekend box office, finishing in third and fourth places respectively. The pair of wedding-themed pictures are sure to face stiff competition next weekend, as the Kristen Wiig-Maya Rudolph ensemble comedy Bridesmaids hitting theaters.
Rio, the 3-D animated film featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway rounded out the top 5 with an estimated $8.2 million in box office receipts.
Mel Gibson's dark comedy, The Beaver, flopped in its first limited release weekend. Earning an estimated $104,000 at 22 locations, Gibson's flick -- which features the actor as an depressed exec who speaks through a puppet -- will open wide May 20.
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