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'Thor' tops box office with thunderous debut

Actor Chris Hemsworth is shown in a scene from the movie 'Thor.' (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures / Marvel Entertainment / Marvel Studios)

May 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The new 3-D action film "Thor" made a thunderous debut at the box office this weekend, pulling in $66 million, exceeding studio expectations by about $12 million.

The new 3-D action film "Thor" made a thunderous debut at the box office this weekend, pulling in $66 million, exceeding studio expectations by about $12 million.

The Paramount film based on the Marvel comic topped the box office.

The movie stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as the arrogant god of thunder who is sent down to Earth as punishment.

"Thor" more than doubled the box office take of the second-place movie, "Fast Five," which earned $32.5 million in its second week.

The top 10 movies of the weekend were:

1. "Thor," $66 million.

2. "Fast Five," $32.5 million.

3. "Jumping the Broom," $13.7 million.

4. "Something Borrowed," $13.2 million.

5. "Rio," $8.2 million.

6. "Water for Elephants," $5.6 million.

7. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," $3.9 million.

8. "Prom," $2.4 million.

9. "Soul Surfer," $2.1 million.

10. "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil," $1.9 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.