Superhero sequel "Thor: The Dark World" hammered out another victory in its second weekend at U.S. and Canadian box offices, overcoming a strong performance from Christmas-themed romantic comedy "The Best Man Holiday."
"Thor," from Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios, hauled in $38.4 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. "Best Man Holiday" earned $30.6 million to take the No. 2 spot. Senior-citizen, buddy comedy "Last Vegas" finished third with $8.9 million.
Elsewhere, "Catching Fire," the highly anticipated "Hunger Games" sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence, opened big in Brazil with $6.3 million. The movie is to open in the United States, Canada and dozens of other countries on Friday.
"Best Man Holiday," a sequel to 1999 film "The Best Man," exceeded the forecasts of box office analysts, who had predicted a debut at around $24 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters.
The installment brings back nine stars from the original film, including Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard and Morris Chestnut, for a reunion that tests marriages and friendships. The movie cost $17 million to make, according to the Box Office Mojo website.