Weekend Box Office: ‘Spectre’ Defeats ‘Peanuts’ for Second-Best Bond Debut Ever

New James Bond movie Spectre easily defeated Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang in their box office debuts. The latest 007 adventure took first place, opening to an estimated $73 million for the second-biggest Bond debut of all time.

Once again starring Daniel Craig as the dapper spy and directed by Sam Mendes from Skyfall, the 24th film in the 53-year-old series also snagged a decent “A-” CinemaScore, despite so-so reviews stateside. Spectre cost a reported $250 million to produce.

The Peanuts Movie also made a solid debut and took second place with a strong $45 million. The film based on the classic comic strip from Charles M. Schulz, cost around $100 million to make. A family-friendly alternative to James Bond’s guns and martinis received a stellar “A” CinemaScore grade from moviegoers.

The strong showings by Spectre and the 3D Peanuts brought the box office roaring back to life, though neither was a blockbuster. Get all the money while you can, Mr. Bond. That Hunger Games movie will be big.

Ridley Scott’s space adventure The Martian, dropped to third place with $9.3 million after dominating the box office for most of October.

Sony Pictures‘ adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps secured fourth place with $7 million (down 29%) with $66.4 million grossed in its first month.

Coming in fifth was the Steven Spielberg historical spy thriller Bridge of Spies with $6.1 million and $55 million grossed in its first month. The top ten movies at the U.S. box office this week are listed below.

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Elsewhere, in limited release, Open Road’s Spotlight and Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn both did well. Tom McCarthy’s ensemble journalism drama, starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, made $302,276 from five theaters or $60,545 per theater. Brooklyn also opened in five theaters on Wednesday where it grossed $181,000 for the weekend for a three-day screen average of $36,200.

Meanwhile, the period dramedy Trumbo, which stars Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, opened in five theaters to $77,229 for a mediocre average of $15,445 per theater.