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‘Thor’ remains a box office smash, thundering into second weekend

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After a smashing debut, “Thor: Ragnarok” thundered to the box office top spot once again for its second weekend, taking $57.1 million, according to data released Monday.

The third “Thor” episode, boosted by the self-mocking humor of Chris Hemsworth as the powerful Norse god (alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, goddess of death), has taken a total of $212.1 million since opening in North American cinemas — with global earnings reaching the $650 million mark.

In at number two this weekend was Paramount’s newly released “Daddy’s Home 2,” which took $29.7 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

A reminder that it’s that time of year already, the Christmas comedy stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as Brad and Dusty — who join forces to give their kids the perfect holiday, but have their efforts challenged when their own fathers show up.

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Bagging third place was “Murder on the Orient Express,” the fourth television or cinema adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic detective novel, with earnings of $28.7 million.

The new Fox release was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as part of an A-list cast featuring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Judi Dench.

Slipping into fourth was “A Bad Moms Christmas,” from STX Entertainment, at $11.5 million.

The comedy stars three women — Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn — whose plans change when their mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon) drop in unexpectedly for the holidays.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw,” which sees police investigate a string of horrific murders carried out in the style of supposedly long-dead killer Jigsaw, dropped this weekend from third to fifth place, taking $3.4 million.

Rounding out the top ten were:

“Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” ($2 million)

“Geostorm” ($1.6 million)

“Blade Runner: 2049 ($1.5 million)

“Happy Death Day” ($1.3 million)

“Lady Bird” ($1.2 million)


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