Weekend box office: Spectre and The Peanuts Movie beat The Martian

Maybe the worst thing you can say about SPECTRE (click the link to read our review) is that it’s constantly being compared to SKYFALL.  It’s unfair to an otherwise good film that its predecessor happened to redefine the Bond franchise, but that’s the curse of SPECTRE.  So with that in mind, SPECTRE couldn’t compete with SKYFALL’s $88 million opening, but did manage to take in over $75 million at the weekend box office.  Now that the film has been released, let’s all commence with speculating what’s going to happen to the Bond franchise and whether or not Daniel Craig will reprise the role.  The other new movie of the weekend was THE PEANUTS MOVIE, which opened very strong to close to $50 million.  I shouldn’t be surprised because it’s a kids movie opening at a time where there’s no competition, but I’m a little shocked that The Peanuts still resonates with today’s kids.  I’m in my mid 30’s and as a kid, I always felt I was born after their heyday.

Next week should be another easy win for SPECTRE, but it will have a little competition.  First up is BY THE SEA starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  Yes, it’s a flashy duo, but this is more of an artsy independent drama than a sequel to MR. AND MRS. SMITH, so I don’t expect it to do much a the box office.  We also have the drama THE 33, which looks intense, but again, it probably won’t be a box office draw.  Finally, we have the Christmas movie LOVE THE COOPERS, and the fact it’s a Christmas movie being released two months before Christmas should tell you all you need to know.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Spectre $75m

2. The Peanuts Movie $47.5m

3. The Martian $9.5m

4. Goosebumps $6.7m

5. Bridge of Spies $6.1m

6. Hotel Transylvania 2 $3.6m

7. Burnt $3.1m

8. The Last Witch Hunter $2.2m

9. The Intern $1.9m

10. Our Brand is Crisis $1.6m

(Deadline)

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