Thor: Ragnarok Rules the Box Office Its Second Week Stateside

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"Thor: Ragnarok" had a "hammer-like" grip on the nation's movie goers this weekend, an industry analyst said Sunday, and was expected to deal $56.6 million in tickets at the North American box offices.

Fox's Agatha Christie adaptation "Murder on the Orient Express" will open almost neck-and-neck with Paramount's comedy sequel "Daddy's Home 2", with "Murder" looking to bring in around $28.1 million from 3,341 locations and "Daddy's 2" to pull in $27.3 million from 3,575 sites.

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The God of Thunder isn't ready to relinquish his box office throne yet.

From left, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo at the World Premiere of Thor: Ragnarok in Los Angeles, California, on November 10, 2017.

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Despite the drop, it was still enough to place ahead of the star-studded Murder on the Orient Express, which pulls in a three with $28.2 million (£21.4 million). The star-laden cast includes Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, "Hamilton's" Leslie Odom Jr., and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" actress Daisy Ridley.

The film has a now worldwide gross of a whopping $527.67 million dollars, with its US box office gross now at $173.2 million. With fairly positive reviews from critics, it now sits at a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's a better result for Kenneth Branagh's murder mystery than the holiday comedy sequel, as "Murder" was made on a $55 million budget compared to $69 million for "Daddy's Home 2".

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Paramount's Daddy's Home 2, which adds John Lithgow and Mel Gibson to the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg formula, took second place with $US30 million ($NZ43 million). Reviews have been dismal, with a 16% Rotten Tomatoes score.

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