So, it's official: Thor's off to a blockbuster, $242 million-grossing start.
Thanks to the rest of the world.
What's America got against the Norse god of thunder?
It's nothing personal, probably. Just overall superhero fatigue, perhaps. As Exhibitor Relations box-office analyst Jeff Bock reminded, "This is the umpteenth superhero movie to open the summer season."
And so Thor's estimated $66 million weekend domestic debut was "decent," as Bock put it, but it wasn't anywhere near a record summer start. Not here, anyway.
Overall attendance, in fact, was at a five-year low for the summer kick-off weekend.
None of this likely matters to Thor, which opened May 1 overseas, and has already made back its reported $150 million budget—and more—from moviegoers outside the United States.
"The blockbuster mentality is hitting a peak over there," Bock said. "…The experience is much fresher."
So, pretty much Captain America doesn't have a thing to worry about.
Except maybe America…
Elsewhere, Fast Five took a dive, but only dropped one place in the standings, down to No. 2, and upped its domestic total to nearly $140 million.
The romantic comedies Jumping the Broom and Something Borrowed got off to nice-enough starts. And since we just called Something Borrowed's debut "nice enough," we should say the same of Mel Gibson's and Jodie Foster's The Beaver, which sold about as many tickets at each of its 22 theaters as the Kate Hudson flick did at each of its its 2,904. Overall, The Beaver grossed $104,000.
Jake Gyllenhaal's Source Code was out of the Top 10 after five weekends of struggle. The $32 million drama eked past $50 million domestically, and, per Box Office Mojo, was at about $91 million worldwide.
Here's a complete rundown of the top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday numbers as compiled by Exhibitor Relations.