Box Office: Spectre‘s $34.5 Million More Than Enough To Remain #1

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I’m going to keep this one quick, as it was a rather unimpressive weekend for new releases as Spectre and The Peanuts Movie remain atop the box office while holdovers anywhere from five weeks to eight weeks are still amongst top 10 talk.

Coming in at No. 1, which should come to no surprise, is the latest installment in the multi-generational James Bond franchise. Ten weeks in to its release, Spectre performing well below what Skyfall achieved back in 2012. The discrepancy is estimated to be $30 million less. Nevertheless, the film is a hit across the pond with more than $410 million grossed to give Spectre an overall take of $543.8 million.

Staying in second was Blue Sky Studios’ The Peanuts Movie. Its 45.3% drop in viewers is not nearly as high as what James Bond encountered with audiences, but with Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur arriving in two weeks, 20th Century Fox better hope it can withstand the expected monster opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 if it expects to see a solid return after its $99 million-plus investment.

The Martian fell one spot to fourth place as it was wedged between newcomers Love the Coopers ($8.4m) and The 33 ($5.8m). Little advertisement for both Coopers and The 33 prevented casting a wide net for audiences. Coopers should fair better between the two with its seasonal story line.

Bridge of Spies and Goosebumps continue to make their way down the list after five weeks in release, while the Indian film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was a surprise entry at No. 8. Debuting on 256 screens, it finished with $2.4 million.

In limited release, Spotlight increased its screen count from 5 to 61 and registered a 374% increase. It finished just outside the top 10 (No. 11) with $1.4 million and a per-screen average of $22,925, the best of any title currently playing in wide or limited release. Angelina Jolie Pitt’s latest directorial endeavor By the Sea debuted on 10 screens and collected $95.4k. Fox Searchlight’s Oscar hopeful Brooklyn also expanded and made $485k at 23 locations. Remember to support independent movies, ladies and gents, because you might be out of the loop come Oscar time should the major theater chains not elect to play them.

Upcoming for the weekend we have a three way dance involving Seth Rogen, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence with the releases of The Night Before, The Secret In Their Eyes and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Lawrence will win but the question remains on if it can meet or succeed the $121.8m opening of Part 1.

Top 10 below.

01. Spectre – $35.4 Million ($130.7m)
02. The Peanuts Movie – $24.2 Million ($82.4m)
03. Love the Coopers – $8.4 Million
04. The Martian – $6.7 Million ($207.4m)
05. The 33 – $5.8 Million
06. Goosebumps – $4.65 Million ($73.4m)
07. Bridge of Spies – $4.28 Million ($61.7m)
08. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – $2.4 Million
09. Hotel Transylvania 2 – $2.35 Million ($165.2m)
10. The Last Witch Hunter – $1.5 Million ($26m)

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