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% drop from last Friday, and 50% 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.
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)