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'Thor' thunders past box-office rivals

"Thor" kicked off the summer movie season by smashing the competition at the box office with a $66-million opening weekend.

The 3-D action picture from Paramount Pictures, based on the Marvel comic, was by far the No. 1 movie, The Associated Press reports.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth stars as the arrogant god of thunder who's sent down to Earth as punishment. It was directed by Kenneth Branagh, best known for making films based on Shakespeare plays such an epic "Hamlet," and featured a supporting cast that included Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard.

In second place was a holdover from last week, the car-racing sequel "Fast Five" from Universal Pictures. It made $32.5 million for a total of nearly $140 million in just 10 days.

"Jumping the Broom" from TriStar Pictures came in third with $13.7 million, higher than studio expectations, which were around $10 million. Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine star as the mothers of two families that clash as they're about to be united in their children's marriage.

"Something Borrowed," the Warner Bros. romantic drama based on Emily Giffin's best-seller, was fourth with $13.2 million. Ginnifer Goodwin stars as a lawyer who realizes she's in love with the fiancee of her best friend, played by Kate Hudson.

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