Friday Box Office: THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY Pulls Off Surpise Win Over THOR: THE DARK WORLD

     November 16, 2013


One week after Thor: The Dark World stormed the domestic box office, the God of Thunder is facing some unexpected competition from The Best Man Holiday. In a surprise finish, Universal’s ensemble dramedy edged out Thor 2 for Friday’s top spot by just over $200,000. The Dark World is still expected to retain its crown with a projected $37 million this weekend, though the surprising draw of The Best Man Holiday may render Thor’s hold a little less impressive than anticipated.

Thanks to some last minute schedule changes, The Best Man Holiday was Friday’s only new wide release. The sequel to the 1999 sleeper-hit The Best Man, Holiday earned an estimated $10.7 million from 2,024 locations on its first day in theatres. That puts the Universal release on track for about $31 million by Sunday, or nearly double the studio’s own projection. We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Best Man Holiday $10,700,000 $10.7
2.  Thor: The Dark World $10,489,000 $119
3.  Last Vegas $2,520,000 $40.6
4.  Bad Grandpa $2,302,000 $84.8
5.  Free Birds $1,770,000 $35.6

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