Thor fell 64 percent to an estimated $9.1 million. Among recent summer comic book kick-offs, that was a steeper drop than Iron Man but lighter than Iron Man 2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. With an eight-day total of $93.9 million, though, Thor still trailed all three of those movies by a wide margin.
Bridesmaids notched a solid $7.8 million start. While that was a far cry from Sex and the City or The Hangover, it was ahead of more modest comparable titles like Baby Mama, I Love You, Man and Get Him to the Greek. Based on these antecedents, the Judd Apatow production should easily finish the weekend with over $20 million.
Long-delayed comic book adaptation Priest earned an estimated $5.6 million in its first day. The gross and attendance figures were way off from similar Sony/Screen Gems movies Underworld and Resident Evil. It was also notably down from Legion, which came from the same director (Scott Charles Stewart) and also featured Paul Bettany as a violent religious protagonist. Genre movies tend to have front-loaded weekends, so it's unlikely that Priest will even reach a modest $15 million for the weekend.
Fast Five finished ahead of Priest with an estimated $5.9 million, pushing its total to $155.1 million. In the process, it inched past Fast and Furious to become the series' highest-grossing movie in just 15 days.
Something Borrowed rounded out the Top Five with $2.3 million for an eight-day total of $20.9 million. Jumping the Broom wasn't far behind, earning $2 million to bring its total to $20.7 million.
A few noteworthy limited releases also hit theaters yesterday, though none of them impressed. Will Ferrell comedy-drama Everything Must Go grossed $220,000 at 218 locations for a weak $1,009 per-theater average. Hesher, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson only gathered $36,000 at 40 venues. The big loser, though, was Lionsgate's Latino-baiting dance movie Go For It, which earned a pathetic $35,000 at 218 locations.
• Forecast: 'Thor' to Lead Again by Default
• Grosses for Friday, May 13, 2011