Spectre tops, but Peanuts strong in second place
1. Spectre – $73 million [debut week] As expected, Bond soared to the top of the box office even if it wasn’t to the record-breaking heights of its predecessor.
Critics have complained the latest Bond adventure wasn’t as thrilling as “Skyfall.” It will have to come in behind the 2012 hit on the box office front as well.
“Skyfall” opened to a series best $88 million and with a reportedly $150 to $200 million, not accounting for marketing, “Spectre” is going to have to make some serious waves in the next couple of weeks before the final chapter of “The Hunger Games” arrives.
2. The Peanuts Movie – $45 million [debut week] – Charlie Brown wasn’t a box office blockhead with a stellar performance that appeared to dip into Spectre’s profits. It definitely helped there hasn’t been a G-rated family-friendly movie in theaters in weeks.
3. The Martian – $9.3 million [6th week; $197 million in total] Closing in on $200 million, the Matt Damon sci-fi outing continued its strong box office run.
4. Goosebumps – $7 million – [4th week; $66 million] With this weekend’s haul, the Jack Black adventure has now made back its $58 million budget.
5. Bridge of Spies – $6.1 million [4th week; $54.9 million] Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s spy drama also has made back its $40 million budget, but it’s going to finish its run as the fourth highest grossing of the four collaborations between the Hollywood titans.