This Mother’s Day weekend Fast Five crashes and burns as Thor takes the top of the box office, earning an estimated $66 million domestically, with foreign numbers accumulating a staggering $199 million estimate. The biggest trouble for Fast Five this weekend is that it shares much of its target audience with Thor. Both are action films aimed for the same demographic. However, Thor has something Fast Five doesn’t—it’s a comic book film. Every comic book adaptation has an advantage over other competitors because the fan base is generally already massive. True, the same goes for the Fast and the Furious series, but unfortunately Fast Five is the fifth in its series. It’s really just more of the same. Thor is a completely new franchise. Although it is particularly frustrating just how quickly the studios are attempting to pump out one comic book-to-film adaptation after another, mostly for The Avengers. But it doesn’t matter to the fans, which seem to actually want every comic book they’ve ever read to come to life. Thor is direct proof of that. The marketing campaigns for comic book films also have the upper hand via Comic-Con, as mentioned back in January for The Green Hornet. Teasing is much easier when a massive celebration is dedicated to your genre every year.

And then you also have the quality of the stars in Thor, a few of which have their own loyal fan bases themselves. Anthony Hopkins breaks free of attempting more horror films, seemingly acknowledging the roles aren’t quite for him anymore. He’s a classic actor who can charge any well-written story with genuine feeling and strength. Then you throw in some Natalie Portman, the actress who not so long ago dazzled movie goers and indeed the Academy with a string of films which boosted her on a very high pedestal, particularly after Black Swan. She’s even got comic book experience—that is to say, graphic novel experience. She formed a very powerful character in Evey by the end of Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, directed by the Wachowskis. For an R-rated film, it does well to make $80 million in profit. So the last time Portman was involved with a comic book, we know that turned out well. And there’s something else—Thor insists a PG-13 rating, which allows for the younger audiences to flood in. It even seems like more of a comedy, which makes a lot more sense than any comic book non-Moore; as a spectacular character once said, “why so serious?” And last, you also have Stellan Skarsgard, the villainous character actor from Flightplan and most recently Knight and Day. He’s just genuinely creepy, and fits right into the comic book genre.

Salim Akil’s directorial debut into feature films is a sad disappointment. I can’t believe how amazingly bored viewers must have been, or perhaps curious, but I can almost guarantee that Akil won’t be working again anytime soon. Jumping the Broom should sink to fifth or completely out of the top box office by next week, considering the plot summary is as contrived as the screenplay probably is. Likewise, The Beaver falls flat on its face. It came out 31st in the top—I mean box office this weekend. The premise was probably just too strange to pique the curiosity of most, which is too bad because Jodie Foster has been in the film industry for so long now she’d probably make for a good director. And then you have Something Borrowed, exactly in the same boat. It’s another Rom-Com that doesn’t do anything for the genre, just gives more of the same, and the same audience which has seen all the rest came to see this one just for kicks. I mean, it’s got Kate Hudson in it…eh…but there aren’t any other Rom-Coms playing, so why not.

With only two new films arriving next weekend, we can expect that Rio will finally be pushed out of the box office as Priest attracts fans of the genre, taking around second, and Bridesmaids does its best as a very strange Frankenstein’s monster sort of formula. Being that, it’s about a female-oriented and seemingly female targeted male comedy film—considering the guy directing it was in Knocked Up, and has been advertised as similar to that style. Fast Five should drop to at least third, with Thor still in the lead and Bridesmaids ultimately ending up fourth.

1 Thor (2011) $66M $66M
2 Fast Five (2011) $32.5M $140M
3 Jumping the Broom (2011) $13.7M $13.7M
4 Something Borrowed (2011) $13.2M $13.2M
5 Rio (2011) $8.2M $115M
6 Water for Elephants (2011) $5.6M $41.6M
7 Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011) $3.9M $46.8M
8 Prom (2011) $2.42M $7.8M
9 Soul Surfer (2011) $2.1M $36.7M
10 Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil (2011) $1.88M $6.71M