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May 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Marvel’s Thor may not have been among the most popular superheroes to grace the pages of the publisher’s comic books, but as a movie character, portrayed by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, he certainly has held his own. With an estimated $66-million opening, he beat out the original X-Men ($54.5 million), The Fantastic Four ($58.1 million), and Hulk ($62.1 million). Each of those movies, it should be noted, screened without the benefit of 3D surcharges. Thor‘s result may have paled compared with the $114.8 million that the original Spider-Man amassed on the same weekend nine years ago, but so do the openings of almost every other movie ever made. It also was well below the $86.2 million that Fast Five grossed last weekend, but no one’s complaining. Fast Five plunged 62 percent in its second weekend to an estimated $32.5 million — coming in below most analysts’ forecasts, but its gross rose to $139.9 million — the most any film has earned this year. Two other newcomers exceeded expectations. Sony’s Jumping the Broom jumped into third place with about $13.7 million. Most forecasters had thought it would not earn more than $10 million. And Warner Bros.’ Something Borrowed came in close behind with around $13.2 million. It, too, was not expected to earn much more than $10 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:

1. Thor, $66 million; 2. Fast Five, $32.5 million; 3. Jumping the Broom, $13.7 million; 4. Something Borrowed, $13.2 million; 5. Rio, $8.2 million; 6. Water for Elephants; $5.6 million; 7. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, $3.9 million; 8 Prom, $2.4 million; 9. Soul Surfer, $2.1 million; 10. Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil, $1.9 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. Thor, $65,723,338
2. Fast Five, $32,445,320
3. Jumping the Broom, $15,215,487
4. Something Borrowed, $13,945,368
5. Rio, $8,504,001