After the worst October in eight years, the movie industry was desperately hoping this weekend would turn things around and boy did it ever. And its all thanks to new releases “Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie.”
Taking the number one slot is “Spectre,” the 24th official James Bond movie and already the eighth highest grossing Bond film domestically as it brought in an estimated $73 million from 3,929 theaters. “Spectre” is the second highest opening for a 007 film, $15.3 million behind 2012’s “Skyfall.” Internationally the film brought in $117.8 million from 77 total markets, bringing its worldwide total to an estimated $296.1 million after only ten days.
Going into the weekend, there were questions about just how well “Spectre” would do as reviews weren’t as glowing compared to “Skyfall, but an “A-” CinemaScore audiences still enjoyed it. And that score is on par with 2006’s “Casino Royale,” and much better than the “B-” earned by 2008’s “Quantum of Solace.” Sure, it’s a little below the “A” “Skyfall” “but keep this in mind:
“Skyfall” was released during the series 50th anniversary.
Reviews for “Skyfall” were some of the best for any Bond film, which have never been loved by critics.
“Skyfall” was going to be a tough act to follow by any movie.
As for the future, it seems very safe to assume “Spectre” will top Quantum’s $168.3 million domestic take, and it should finish in the $200-250 million range domestically. Overseas however, the sky is the limit for 007.
In second place, we find the week’s other new wide release, “The Peanuts Movie.” The animated film brought in an estimated $45 million from 3,897 theaters. and earned mostly positive reviews and opening day audiences gave it an “A” CinemaScore.
With a budget somewhere arounf$99 million, a domestic run at or around $170 million seems possible, but it’s going to need some strong weekend holds before Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in a couple of weeks.Internationally, Peanuts scored an estimated $4.5 million from eleven territories, including China where it brought in only $2.7 million.