This weekend, three new films tried to break into the top ten, but it was last weekend’s releases repeated at the top of the box office by a large margin.
The latest James Bond film, “Spectre,” stayed strong in its second week in the States, with an estimated $35.4 million for only a 49.7% drop from last week. That’s the smallest week two franchise drop since 2006’s “Casino Royale.” With $35.4 million, “Spectre” has earned over $130 million domestically.
As impressive as that is, its overseas where 007 is making the most loot. After breaking records in the U.K., the film took in an estimated $48 million in China this weekend. If that number holds, then “Spectre” is well on its way to crush the $59 million “Skyfall” made during its entire China run. “Spectre” now sits at $543.8 million worldwide, moving it into the top ten for the year.
Take that movie critics!
Staying in second place from last weekend is “The Peanuts Movie.” The film finished with am estimated $24.2 million. putting the film at $82 million domestically. Overseas, however, the Peanuts gang haven’t made much of an impact. Opening in only twelve territories so far, Snoopy and friends have generated only $8.1 million, including a disappointing $4.2 million from China after two weeks in release.
The animated film still has one more weekend to itself to make as much as it can before Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” starts printing money and stealing audience’s animated attention.
Third place is where we find the week’s first newcomer in CBS Films’ and Lionsgate’s “Love the Coopers.” Performing better than some predicted, the holiday, family feature brought in an estimated $8.4 million from 2,603 theaters.
The “B-” CinemaScore doesn’t suggest a strong audience response, but being the only holiday film in wide release at the moment it should have a decent, but short, theatrical run.
Finishing in fifth place was Warner Bros. “The 33,” which kicked off its theatrical run with an estimated $5.8 million. Headlined by Antonio Banderas, the Chilean miner drama didn’t seem to click with audiences, despite its solid, “A” CinemaScore. I blame a less than stellar marketing campaign.
From there we have to scroll wat down the charts to find Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea.” The film was written, directed by and stars Jolie alongside her husband, Brad Pitt. The ’70s set tale about a disintegrating marriage managed only $95,440 on ten screens. Budgeted at a reported $10 million, Universal still plans to expand the film’s release into 120 theaters next weekend. Perhaps VOD or Netflix would be better.
Anywho, next weekend sees the release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” into 4,000+ theaters. The Hunger Games finale should easily trounce the holdovers, but will it top the $121.8 million opening Part 1 brought in just last year? Stay tuned kids, stay tuned.