Box office ticket sales are back on track after a few fall releases fell short with audiences.
Both big name debuts this weekend topped initial expectations, with "Daddy's Home 2" raking in $30 million in sales and "Murder on the Orient Express" earning $28.2 million.
"Murder on the Orient Express" from Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.-owned (FOXA) - Get Report 20th Century Fox was slated to open in the low $20 million range, according to the Hollywood Reporter. So was "Daddy's Home 2," from Viacom Inc.-owned (VIAB) - Get Report Paramount.
Walt Disney Co. (DIS) - Get Report and Marvel Studios "Thor: Ragnarok" won the weekend for the second time in a row, earning $56.6 million in its sophomore showing. It's 10-day domestic total reaches $211.6 million in sales.
"Daddy's Home 2" came in the second spot. The holiday-themed flick was the second-highest earning comedy so far this year, behind this summer's "Girls Trip." The film starred Hollywood heavyweights Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow.
"Murder on the Orient Express," which was the fourth film adaptation of the Agatha Christie murder mystery novel, reached a global cumulative sales total of $85.4 million for its opening weekend. Both "Murder" and "Daddy's Home 2" are expected to perform well through Thanksgiving.
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