Weekend Box Office: ‘Spectre,”Peanuts’ Hold Onto 2 Top Spots

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Female-directed new releases at the multiplex this weekend were no match for Spectre and The Peanuts Movie who manage to hold on to the top spots for the second weekend in a row.

The 24th Bond installment took in $35.4 million, down 49% from last week, while the CGI-animated adaptation of Charles Schultz’s characters remained in second place with $24.2 million, down 45%. I have seen many people disappointed in Spectre. On the other hand, unlike James Bond, Charlie Brown is beloved in the US but isn’t a household name else where.

Opening at #3 was the Christmas comedy Love the Coopers, the best of the new releases, taking in $8.4 million with a B- CinemaScore. The Chilean miner drama The 33 earned $5.8 million with an A-minus CinemaScore grade and landed in the fifth spot, behind Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian which grossed another $6.7 million in its seventh week.

Rounding out the female-directed weekend, Angelina Jolie Pitt‘s passion project, By the Sea also opened, but only in 10 theaters. The French-flavored marital drama, co-starring husband Brad Pitt, only took in an estimated $US95,440 in 10 theaters (that’s 9,544 per screen). The media likes to hype Jolie-Pitt, but apparently no one else sees it that way.

Elsewhere, the Bollywood romantic musical Prem Ratan Dhan Payo got off to a great start in the US, opening at #8 with $2.8 million, achieving the fourth biggest opening for a Bollywood movie in North America. The top ten movies at domestic box office this week are listed below.

The Top Ten Movies

Next week Spectre will be drummed out of the top spot as the final film in the Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, targets a gigantic opening. “This is the calm before the storm,” said Phil Contrino, VP and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.