Halloween weekend was a tough one for the movie business, especially for a couple of big name stars. But first, the good news:
Fox has a monster hit on their hands as “The Martian” finished number one for the second weekend in a row and the fourth weekend out of the five it has been in theaters. Dropping only 27.5%, the Mars drama added another $11.4 million to its total, “The Martian” is now at $182.8 million domestically, and $428.4 million worldwide. The film is also just $4.8 million shy of becoming director Ridley Scott’s highest grossing domestic release of all-time.
Now for the bad news: newcomers “Burnt” and “Our Brand is Crisis” fell well below even the most pessimistic of predictions. Just how bad did these movie’s flop?
Well, “Burnt” finished in fifth place with an estimated $5 million. For star Bradley Cooper, this is his second bomb of 2015 following “Aloha” earlier this year. But even “Aloha” managed $9.6 million in its opening weekend despite a rash of negative press surrounding pretty much everything about that film.
“Burnt” didn’t exactly have great reviews heading into the weekend and a “B-” CinemaScore suggests it won’t be hanging around your local multiplex for too long. For Bradley Cooper, “Joy,” his latest teaming with director David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence, can’t arrive soon enough.
But the biggest bomb of the weekend was “Our Brand is Crisis” which landed In eighth place. Crisis is Sandra Bullock’s worst, wide release opening EVER, With only $3.4 million. The opening weekend for “Our Brand is Crisis” falls below even “Two if by Sea,” which opened with $4.6 million in way back in 1996.
The political comedy earned only a “C+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which means “Our Brand is Crisis” is going to fall fast. Time will tell if this flop will affect Bullock’s “Ocean’s 11” reboot.
In other news…
The latest James Bond film, “Spectre,” released in six territories, where it has taken in $80.4 million, which includes record-breaking numbers in the UK where it opened to an estimated £41.7 million ($63.8 million USD) in its first seven days of release. Strangely enough, “Spectre” took the highest seven day gross record in UK box office history from the last James Bond film, “Skyfall.”
The 24th Bond film broke more records in the Netherlands where it took in 3.3 million Euro ($3.7 million USD), surpassing another record set by “Skyfall.” “Spectre” also set records in Finland and Norway with 2.35 million Euro ($2.63 million USD) and 24.4 million krone ($2.88 million USD) respectively. In Denmark it achieved the biggest three-day opening of all time with 28.1 million krone ($4.21 million USD), also surpassing Skyfall. In Sweden it added another 24.95 million krone ($2.97 million USD), 30% over the opening of Skyfall.
It seems like “Spectre” is breaking record wherever it goes, which has me wondering: how big will “Spectre” be when it hits the U.S.?