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'Thor' stays Marvel-ous atop N.America box office

Marvel superhero Thor hammered rivals for a second straight weekend at the North American box office, industry figures showed Monday. "Thor: The Dark World," the latest blockbuster based on Marvel's iconic comic book character, took in a hefty $36.6 million in its second weekend, figures from Exhibitor Relations showed. Starring Australian heartthrob Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding son of Odin, the movie is a follow-up to the franchise's 2011 money-spinning first installment, "Thor."

'Thor' reigns over U.S., Canada box office for second week

By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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: The Dark World' holds box-office top spot with $38.5 million, 'Best Man Holiday' second

NEW YORK, N.Y. - "Thor: The Dark World" continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week, holding off "The Best Man Holiday," according to studio estimates Sunday. Opening nearly 15 years after the original "The Best Man," ''The Best Man Holiday" opened strongly with $30.6 million. The Universal film, which drew an overwhelmingly female and African-American audience, was an unlikely challenger for Disney's "Thor." But Marvel's Norse god has hammered audiences around the globe. It has now made $479.8 million worldwide, already besting the original "Thor."

Brazil turn on the style to hammer Honduras

(Reuters) - Brazil turned on the style in the second half to score four goals and hammer Honduras 5-0 in a friendly in Miami on Saturday. Bernard, Dante, Maicon, Willian and Hulk scored for the Brazilians, who took their time to settle but ran out comfortable winners. Substitute Robinho stood out in the second half in his first international appearance in two years. "I was happy with the way we played, we were very good, and it was great for me to come back and play like this," said Robinho, who hit the post with a lovely strike.

San Francisco becomes Gotham City for boy who battled cancer

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco on Friday morphed into a Gotham City wonderland, where caped crusaders fought mischievous villains aboard cable cars and on sidewalks, for a little boy who celebrated his win against cancer by becoming "Bat Kid" for a day.

Ker-pow! Batkid saves Gotham City, wins Obama praise

A five-year-old boy recovering from cancer became a superhero for a day Friday, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue. Even President Barack Obama got in on the act after the story went viral, sending pint-size caped crusader Miles Scott a video message telling him "Way to go!" Scott, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, was cheered as he roared out in his Batmobile to nab arch-villain Riddler and save a damsel in distress tied to the city's famous tram tracks.

Ker-pow! Batkid becomes Gotham City hero for a day

A five-year-old boy with cancer became a superhero for a day Friday, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue. Even President Barack Obama got in on the act after the story went viral, sending pint-size caped crusader Miles Scott a video message telling him "Way to go!" Scott, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, was cheered as he roared out in his Batmobile to nab arch-villain Riddler and save a damsel in distress tied to the city's famous tram tracks.

Ker-pow! Batkid becomes Gotham City hero for a day

A 5-year-old boy with cancer became a superhero for a day Friday, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue. Miles Scott, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, was cheered across town in his Batmobile to nab arch villain Riddler and save a damsel in distress. Police chief Greg Suhr ordered his men to help the pint-sized caped crusader take on his nemesis the Penguin, while he also got messages from the city's San Francisco Giants and 49ers for his day in the limelight.

Marvel-ous 'Thor' hammers box office rivals

Marvel superhero Thor hammered his rivals at the North American box office this weekend, industry figures showed Monday. "Thor: The Dark World," the latest blockbuster based on Marvel's iconic comic book character, took a hefty $85.7 million in its opening weekend, figures from Exhibitor Relations showed. Starring Australian heartthrob Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding son of Odin, the movie is a follow-up to the franchise's 2011 money-spinning first instalment, "Thor."

Batman jailed for theft and drug abuse

SINGAPORE – A Singaporean man with an unusual superhero-like name turned out to be a villain who consumed drugs and stole from his brother. Batman bin Suparman, which means Batman son of Suparman in the Malay language, was jailed on Monday for two years and nine months for various offenses including stealing his brother's automated teller machine card to make withdrawals, media reported. The 23-year-old unemployed man had also broken into the office of a firm in western Singapore to steal money and taken heroin.
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