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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 05/15/2011

‘THOR’ holds off ‘BRIDESMAIDS’ with $34.5M box-office win

The Hammer of Hemsworth has fended off a strong challenge from Kristen Wiig’s comic bouquet — guaranteeing that many of last weekend’s testosterone-laced metaphoric headlines about “Thor” will be usurped this week by winking descriptions of “Bridesmaids” as “feisty,” “peppy” and perhaps that most demeaning of euphemisms, “spunky.”

(We hate “spunk.”)

Marvel’s “Thor” grossed $34.5-million to win a second straight domestic weekend, according to studio estimates reported by Box Office Mojo. (Final numbers are expected Monday.) Ten days after its release, the Kenneth Branagh-directed film has now grossed $119,252,000 domestically and $317,667,148 Earth-wide.

The strong opening by the God of Thunder — created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and first scripted by Larry Lieber — bodes well for Marvel’s upcoming release of a new “X-Men.”

A more precipitous drop, though, and “Thor” would have been topped by “Bridesmaids,” the female-skewing comedy from writer-star Wiig and that ol’ “Freaks and Geeks” team, Judd Apatow and Paul Feig. Buoyed by positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth, “Bridesmaids” exceeded industry predictions by grossing $24.4-million.

Elsewhere, the avian animated film “Rio” continues to have legs, grossing $8-million. The Carlos Saldanha film has now grossed nearly $125-million domestically and more than $415-million worldwide.

And next weekend, of course, even Thor will have to clear a path for an even-mightier box-office hero: Capt. Jack Sparrow.

(Our early prediction: “Pirates” 4 will open to at least $85-million.)

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