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THOR Rules Despite Major Friday Drop; Kristen Wiig’s BRIDESMAIDS Overperforms: Box Office

Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

With an estimated $9.2 million on Friday, May 13, Thor may end up with $32 million for the weekend as per Deadline.com. That’s about a 63 percent drop from last Friday, and 50 percent from last weekend. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, Thor cost a reported $150m.

Opening with stronger numbers than many had predicted, Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, featuring Kristen Wiig, collected about $8.5 million on Friday and may reach $23 million by Sunday evening. Many pundits had been expecting the well-received comedy to earn less than $20m.

Fast Five was down one spot at no. 3 with $6 million on Friday. It was followed by newcomer Priest, a 3D action/horror flick based on a Korean graphic novel. Starring Paul Bettany and Twilight’s Cam Gigandet, Priest drew an estimated $5.5 million on Friday and may reach $15 million over the weekend.

Vying for fifth place were Something Borrowed, with Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin, and Jumping the Broom, with Paula Patton and Angela Bassett.

Something unusual for the "summer" season: films featuring women in major roles — I’m including Natalie Portman’s Thor here — took up four of the top six spots at the North American box office on Friday.

Remember: These are rough, early estimates. Official studio estimates will be posted Saturday. Official weekend estimates come out on Sunday. Weekend box office actuals will be released on Monday.

Photo: Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)

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