Thor: Ragnarok is bringing the electricity back to the slow fall box office, and is looking at an opening weekend of up to $120 million.
Thor: Ragnarok opened on Friday with $45 million from 4,080 locations, including $14.5 million from early Thursday night screenings.
Of Marvel Studio’s three 2017 films, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will remain the biggest opener after claiming $146 million in May, but Thor: Ragnarok could beat Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opened to $117 million in July, for second place.
Thor: Ragnarok is the third Thor movie produced as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the first to be directed by Taika Waititi, whose comedic style is a far cry from the epic fantasy of Thor and Thor: The Dark World.
Thor: Ragnarok debuted at number six in ComicBook.com's Composite Rankings. Be sure to check out our review.
A Bad Moms Christmas, which began its theatrical run on Wednesday, is poised to take second place with a $15 million weekend and about $20 million for its first five days.
In its second weekend at the box office, Lionsgate’s Jigsaw, which opened at number one, will slide into third place. The eighth installment of the Saw franchise is expected to earn another $6 million, bringing its total to $28.3 million.
Another Lionsgate picture, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween will earn another $4 million in its third weekend, bringing its box office total to $42.7 million as it moves into fourth place.
Rounding out the top five this weekend is Warner Bros.’ box office bomb Geostorm. The film, which cost $120 million to make, will earn another $3 million this weekend for a box office total of just $28.7 million.
Filling out the top ten spots this weekend are Blumhouse Pictures’ Happy Death Day, Thank You for Your Service, Blade Runner 2049, Only the Brave, and Let There Be Light.
Keep reading to see how this week's top films stack up.
Friday: $46.8 million
Weekend: $118 million
Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.
Friday: $5.5 million
Weekend: $15.7 million
Total: $20 million
Under-appreciated and overburdened moms Amy, Kiki and Carla rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. As if creating the perfect holiday for their families isn't hard enough, they'll have to do it while hosting and entertaining their own respective mothers when they come to visit.
A Bad Moms Christmas is written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn, each reprising their role from the first film, with newcomers Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon.
Last Week: No. 1
Friday: $2 million
Weekend: $6.1 million
Total: $28.59 million
A mysterious madman rounds up a group of victims to play sadistic games of life and death. Police soon find evidence that link the crimes to Jigsaw, the infamous killer who died 10 years earlier.
Jigsaw is directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, and stars Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett, and Hannah Emily Anderson.
Saw 3D was originally deemed to be the final installment of the Saw series of horror movies, but Lionsgate revived the franchise for Jigsaw, the eighth film in the series that began in 2004.
Last Week: No. 2
Friday: $1.19 million
Weekend: $4.2 million
Total: $42.5 million
After venturing to a haunted campground, Madea, Bam and Hattie must run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the boogeyman appear.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween was written, directed, and stars Tyler Perry. The film also stars Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat, Diamond White, Lexy Panterra, Andre Hall, Brock O'Hurn, and Tito Ortiz.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is the tenth film in the Madea series, a sequel to 2016's Boo! A Madea Halloween and the third Madea film, following Madea's Witness Protection and the first Boo!, not adapted from a stage play.
Weekend: $2.9 million
Total: $28.7 million
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world's leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: the system built to protect Earth is attacking it, and it becomes a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone along with it.
Geostorm is directed by Dean Devlin and stars Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Richard Schiff, Robert Sheehan, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris and Andy García.