LOS ANGELES Paramounts Thor is expected to again thunder through North American theaters this weekend, collecting a leading gross of nearly $30 million and by Sunday night amassing a two-week domestic total of $100 million and global receipts approaching $300 million.
The Marvel Comics superhero faces two very different newcomers: Sonys action-packed Priest in 3-D and the R-rated fun of Universals Bridesmaids.
R-rated comedies do well in the summer, and the debuting Bridesmaids should catch a box office bouquet in the low teens, yet also could break out with a bigger-than-expected gross. The Judd Apatow-produced comedy features an ensemble cast, including SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, and ups the ante with its raunchy, female-driven humor.
Priest has a similar shot at the low teens, appealing to fanboys and horror fans alike. Based on the graphic novel, the PG-13 film stars Paul Bettany as a take-no-prisoners man of the cloth who goes after the vampires who kidnapped his niece.
Universals pre-summer juggernaut Fast Five will rev up an expected third-weekend tally of between $12 million and $14 million. Domestic receipts of more than $85 million in its opening weekend proved the enduring appeal of the franchise, while dominance of the global box office continues to impress with over $320 million in worldwide receipts.
Sonys wedding-themed ensemble comedy Jumping the Broom jumped way over expectations on its opening Mothers Day weekend and is poised for a fifth-place finish at just under $10 million. Already profitable with a modest $6.6 million budget, the film should sweep up even more profits, with well over $20 million in the dowry by Sunday night.