Source: James Bond’s SPECTRE and The Peanuts Movie Give the Box Office a Boost (ComingSoon.net)
The 25th installment of MGM Studios and Sony Pictures‘ James Bond franchise SPECTRE, once again starring Daniel Craig as 007 and directed by Sam Mendes from Skyfall, opened with an estimated $73 million in its first weekend in 3,929 theaters or $18,580 per theater. Co-starring Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, it grossed $28 million on Friday including $5.4 million in Thursday previews, which was already down from the $30 million grossed opening day for the previous installment, 2012’s Skyfall. It ended up grossing $17 million less domestically opening weekend than Skyfall despite opening better in most international territories over the past two weeks.
SPECTRE grossed $15.4 million on IMAX screens worldwide this weekend, which was slightly higher than the IMAX opening for Skyfall with $9.1 million of that coming from 374 domestic IMAX screens and its international IMAX total reaching $12 million.
20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios‘ animated update of Charles M. Schultz’s beloved comic strip characters for The Peanuts Movie opened on Friday with $12.1 million in 3,897 theaters, which it built upon Saturday to gross an estimated $45 million in its opening weekend or $11,547 per theater.
After dominating the box office for most of October, Ridley Scott’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon, dropped to third place with $9.3 million, still well ahead of the other returning movies. With $197 million grossed so far, it should cross $200 million sometime in the coming week, becoming the seventh movie this year to reach that benchmark. It’s already director Ridley Scott’s highest grossing movie domestically, having passed 2000’s Oscar-winning Gladiator last week. It’s also the most successful movie at the box office since July’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Sony Pictures‘ adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps, starring Jack Black, took fourth place with $7 million (down 29%) with $66.4 million grossed in its first month.
Coming in fifth was the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ spy thriller Bridge of Spies (DreamWorks) with $6.1 million and $55 million grossed in its first month.
Sony Pictures Animation’s animated hit Hotel Transylvania 2 followed with $3.5 million and $161.3 million and Bradley Cooper’s cooking drama Burnt (The Weinstein Company) took seventh place with $3 million (down 40%) and $10.2 million total.
Vin Diesel’s action-fantasy The Last Witch Hunter (Lionsgate) took eighth place with $2.7 million (down 49%) for a total of $23.6 million in three weeks.
The rest of the Top 10 grossed less than $2 million with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro’s workplace comedy The Intern (Warner Bros.) taking ninth place. It has grossed $71.4 million domestically and another $108 million overseas.
The Top 10 movies in the November kick-off weekend brought in an estimated $152 million, which was $10 million more than last year when Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6 and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar dominated the box office.
The widest limited release was the Drew Barrymore-Toni Collette dramedy Miss You Already(Roadside Attractions), which opened in 384 theaters but only averaged $1,500 per theater for an opening weekend of $572,000.
Tom McCarthy’s ensemble journalism drama Spotlight (Open Road), starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci, fared better, opening in five theaters in New York and L.A. Friday where it grossed $302,000 or $60,455 per theater, setting itself up for a nationwide expansion on November 20.
Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domnhall Gleeson, also opened in five theaters on Wednesday where it grossed $181,000 or $36,200 per theater over the weekend with $237,300 grossed so far.
Bryan Cranston played Dalton Trumbo (Bleecker Street) in the period dramedy about the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, directed by Jay Roach and co-starring Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis CK, Michael Stuhlbarg, John Goodman and many more. It grossed $77,000 in five New York and L.A. theaters for an average of $15,446 per theater.