1. Spectre – $35 million [2nd week; $130.7 million] There wasn’t a sophomore week slump for the latest 007 film as it easily stood atop the box office despite three new arrivals.
Dropping 40% from its opening weekend, Daniel Craig’s fourth stint as James Bond still has a lot of work to do to match its $250 million budget.
Thanks to a massive record-breaking $48 million opening in China, worldwide, Spectre is soaring and has hit $550 million. The China number is especially noteworthy as Skyfall, the previous Bond film, earned a total of $59 in its stint in China.
2. The Peanuts Movie – $24.2 million [2nd week; $82.5 million in total] Unlike Spectre, Charlie Brown and the gang didn’t have to worry about any competition for family attention. Similarly, Peanuts will need to make its money in a hurry as Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, which is already getting rave reviews, is coming to theaters Nov. 25.
3. Love the Coopers – $8.4 million [debut week] – I never get why a Christmas theme film would arrive in theaters in early November when at the very least, it could lure audience members looking for a fun holiday treat. Not like they’d find it with the Coopers, which should net a decent profit given its $17.7 million budget.
4. The Martian – $6.7 million [7th week; $207 million] Hey look, the sci-fi adventure looks to finally be coming back to orbit. One of the year’s unlikely success stories, the long stint in the Top 5 and popularity with both audiences and critics have likely led for Matt Damon’s latest to be the year’s “fun film” allowed into the Oscar discussion despite Jurassic World 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD) being the third highest grossing film of all time.
5. The 33 – $5.8 million [debut week] Based on the 2010 true story of 33 workers trapped in a mine in Chile, the Antonio Banderas-led drama suffered from trailers pretty much revealing the entire film. It should catch its $25 million budget, but anything beyond that seems less certain.
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