‘Thor’ Wins, But $30.5M For ‘Best Man Holiday’ Steals Box-Office Thunder

Source: Todd Cunningham / TheWrap

“Thor: The Dark World” thundered to its second straight North American box office triumph with an estimated $38.4 million this weekend, but it was the modest-budget African-American romantic comedy “The Best Man Holiday” that captured lighting in a bottle.

Disney’s Marvel superhero sequel hit the $480 million mark globally, and has out-earned the original “Thor” in just three weeks. “The Best Man Holiday,” meanwhile, also a sequel — though much longer in the making, as writer-director Malcolm D. Lee’s original came out in 1999 – delivered an eye-popping $30.5 million in its debut, about $10 million beyond pre-release projections.

“Holiday” cost just $17 million to make, making it a big win for distributor Universal. It also far outpaced the original, which opened to $9 million and topped out at $34 million — a figure the sequel should pass before mid-week.

Lee – who produced with Sean Daniel – reassembled the ensemble of the first film for this holiday sequel, the week’s only wide release. Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa reprise their career-launching roles in “Best Man Holiday.”

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