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Box office booming as ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ and ‘Orient Express’ all deliver

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” continues to reign supreme at the box office, with newcomers “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Murder on the Orient Express” also among the top five.

Now in its second week, Disney’s big-budget action fantasy rained in an estimated $56.6 million in the U.S. and Canada, a 54% drop since last week, for a cumulative total of $211.6 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.

The third installment in the standalone “Thor” franchise stars Chris Hemsworth as the Norse god of thunder, tasked with saving his home planet Asgard from a formidable new invader. The film, which cost $180 million to make, also stars Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Tessa Thompson.

Directed by New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, a veteran of the indie scene with films like “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “Thor: Ragnarok” has a 93% “fresh” rating from review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes and an A-rating on audience polling service CinemaScore.