SAN ANTONIO – A sleepy box office got a jolt of lightning last week from the opening of Marvel's latest film, 'Thor: Ragnarok', which ended up not only the top movie of the weekend, but also the sixth-best November opening ever.
Two new films, one a sequel, will now try to topple the Norse god's reign despite incredibly long odds this week.
"Thor: Ragnarok" is again expected to finish first with a projected $65.2 million, which should be more than enough to top the latest challengers.
Opening Friday is the mystery drama "Murder on the Orient Express", a movie based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. Also opening is "Daddy's Home 2", a sequel to the surprising comedy hit starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.
The two movies despite incredibly different plots both offer noteworthy casts, with "Murder on the Orient Express" starring actors Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley.
"Daddy's Home 2" brings John Cena, Mel Gibson, and John Lithgow to theaters in addition to returning stars Wahlberg and Ferrell.
“Murder on the Orient Express” is expected to make $28.7 million through the weekend according to early estimates, which would likely put the film in second place.
This new version is the fourth adaptation of Christie's novel, which as already seen a 1974 film, a 2001 TV film and a 2010 episode of Agatha Christie's Poirotand. The movie currently has an approval rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes.
"Daddy's Home 2" is likely to make around $25 million for third place and has yet to receive an approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The comedy sequel is directed by Sean Anders and follows Brad and Dusty (Ferrell and Wahlberg), as they co-parent Dusty's kids, but now have to deal with their own fathers who are visiting for the holidays. The original film scored a low 31% with critics, but became one of the surprises of 2015.
Here's a look at all the latest films (with their trailer) that were released for the weekend of Nov. 10.
And don't forget to look for the latest article each week to see what else will be playing at the movies.
Murder on the Orient Express
A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. Everyone's a suspect when Detective Hercule Poirot arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again. (Google synopsis)
The movie is 1 hour and 54 minutes is rated PG-13.
Daddy's Home 2
Father and stepfather Dusty and Brad join forces to make Christmastime perfect for the children. Their newfound partnership soon gets put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho dad and Brad's gentle father arrive to turn the holiday upside down. (Google synopsis)
This film is 1 hour 40 minutes and is rated PG-13.