Thor flew past expectations at the box office on Friday by hauling in $25.7 million, including $3.2 million from midnight showings on Thursday night.
The first of four big comic book movies this summer, Thor opened on 2,737 3D screens, 214 IMAX screens, and a total of 3,955 screens across North America. It is already approaching the estimated $150 million production budget including overseas business with around $130 million already in the bank. Thor is currently pacing to finish its opening weekend in North America at around the $65 million mark.
Universal’s Fast Five suffered a precipitous drop in its second weekend. The approximately $10.5 million earned on Friday is approximately 69% lower than what it made a week ago on the same day. Regardless, Fast Five has already revved up nearly $118 million in box office dollars in North America alone.
Continuing the trend of exceeding expectations at the box office were the other two newcomers this weekend, Warner Bros. Something Borrowed and Jumping the Broom. Neither film was expected to open any higher than the $10 million mark during their first weekend frame, yet each is pacing to hit $13 or more after earning $4.8 and $4.2 million on Friday, respectively.
The complete weekend box office studio estimates that will reveal if Thor kept pace or inched toward $70 million will be published on Sunday afternoon.