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May 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Showbiz blogger Nikki Finke joked on Sunday — at least, we presume that she was joking — that the surprising success of Bridesmaids over the weekend has caused her to pack up and leave town. “I was so convinced that this rare R-rated event comedy featuring women burping and farting for our female amusement wouldn’t make over $13 million, even $15 million tops, that I promised Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson that I would leave Hollywood reporting forever if Bridesmaids did the $20+ million he thought it would,” she wrote on her website. As it turned out, the film piled up an astonishing $24.4 million — nearly $5 million more than the third week of Fast Five, which most box-office forecasters had predicted would wind up in second place, but which instead landed in third with $19.5 million. (Both films are from Universal, which had been hit-challenged of late.) Topping the list, of course, was Paramount’s Thor, which dropped a respectable 48 percent in its second week to $34.5 million. Also performing far better than expected was Sony’s Priest, which brought in $14 million and wound up in fourth place. The movie, which was savaged by most critics, had not been expected to crack $10 million. Finke, it would seem, was in good company among the forecasters this weekend.

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

1. Thor, $34.5 million; 2. Bridesmaids, $24.4 million; 3. Fast Five, $19.5 million; 4. Priest, $14.5 million; 5. Rio, $8 million; 6. Jumping the Broom, $7.3 million; 7. Something Borrowed, $7 million; 8. Water for Elephants, $4.1 million; 9. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, $2.2 million; 10. Soul Surfer, $1.8 million.

Final Figures for the Top Five Films

1. Thor, $34,703,035
2. Bridesmaids, $26,247,410
3. Fast Five, $20,444,270
4. Priest, $14,953,664
5. Rio, $8,275,058