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May 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Scene from Jumping the Broom

Far more families went to the movies on Sunday — Mothers Day — than the studios had estimated. That was particularly good news for two romantic comedies which forecasters last week thought would have a hard time cracking $10 million. Jumping the Broom, which surprised Hollywood gurus when the studio estimated on Sunday that it had earned $13.7 million over the weekend, positively astonished them when the actual figure turned out to be $15.2 million. Something Borrowed, which also wasn’t expected to earn more than $10 million, ended up selling $13.9 million worth of tickets. The big winner over the weekend was Marvel/Paramount’s Thor, which dominated the box office with $65.7 million, thanks to 3D and IMAX surcharges. Paramount said that $6.6 million of that amount — roughly 10 percent — came from IMAX screens. In second place was the second week of Fast Five, with $32.4 million, dropping 62 percent from its opening a week ago, bringing its total after two weekends to $139.8 million. But despite the solid results for Thor and Fast Five, the box office overall resumed its downward trend, winding up 7 percent below the comparable weekend a year ago, which was led by Iron Man 2‘s $128.1 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. Thor, Paramount, $65,723,338, (New); 2. Fast Five, Universal, $32,445,320, 2 Wks. ($139,779,285); 3. Jumping the Broom, Sony/TriStar, $15,215,487, (New); 4. Something Borrowed, Warner Bros., $13,945,368, (New); 5. Rio, 20th Century Fox, $8,504,001, 4 Wks. ($115,206,069); 6. Water for Elephants, 20th Century Fox, $6,069,603, 3 Wks. ($42,083,220); 7. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, Lionsgate, $4,178,886, 3 Wks, $47,085,218); 8. Soul Surfer, Sony/TriStar, $2,307,161, 5 Wks. ($36,886,282); 9. Prom, Disney, $2,214,585, 2 Wks. ($7,590,030); 10. Hoodwinked Too: Hood Vs. Evil, Weinstein Co. $2,042,603, 2 Wks. ($6,876,217).