Thor thunders to top of box office
Thor has kicked off the summer movie season by smashing the competition at the US box office with a 66 million dollar opening weekend.
The 3D action picture from Paramount, based on the Marvel comic, was by far the number one movie, according to studio estimates.
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth stars as the arrogant god of thunder who's sent down to Earth as punishment. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh and features a supporting cast that included Sir Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard.
In second place was a holdover from last week, the car-racing sequel Fast Five from Universal Pictures. It made 32.5 million dollars for a total of nearly 140 million in just 10 days.
Although the opening for Thor wasn't as enormous as those of other superhero movies, it still exceeded studio expectations, which were around 55 million dollars. It was the third-highest opening for a Marvel franchise launch, behind Spider-Man, which made 115 million in 2002, and Iron Man, which made 98.6 million in 2008.
Opening in a close third and fourth place at the weekend were two wedding-themed movies, both of which served as counter-programming to the effects-laden spectacles in cinemas.
Jumping the Broom from TriStar Pictures came in third with 13.7 million dollars, higher than studio expectations, which were around 10 million. Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine star as the mothers of two families that clash as they're about to be united in their children's marriage.
In fourth place was the Warner Bros romantic drama Something Borrowed, based on the Emily Giffin best-seller, which made about 13.2 million dollars. Ginnifer Goodwin stars as a lawyer who realises she's in love with the fiance of her best friend, played by Kate Hudson.