Holdovers ruled supreme at the box office this week, continuing the theme of a bounce back November for Hollywood.
The new James Bond film, Spectre, repeated in the top spot with $35.4 million. That’s a 49.7 percent hold from its opening weekend, which is the smallest drop for the franchise since 2006’s Casino Royale. Even though critical reception has not been as strong as Skyfall, audiences are still enjoying it – especially at a time when there are so few other options to choose from. Spectre has now made $130.7 million domestically. Worldwide, it’s already eclipsed half a billion with $543.8 million.
Coming in second again is The Peanuts Movie. The animated family film brought in $24.2 million over the weekend to raise its domestic total to $82.4 million. Like Spectre, Peanuts held well, as it only saw a 45.3 percent drop from its debut. Credit the popularity of the Peanuts brand as well as the strong word-of-mouth for helping it display strong legs. Even as the marketplace becomes a little more crowded in the coming weeks, it should continue to play well for younger viewers.
Opening in third place is the new holiday themed film Love the Coopers, which made $8.4 million in its first three days. That’s in line with the expectations many had for it, as it was never thought as something that could break the bank. The film had a minimal marketing campaign, so awareness was likely an issue in regards to competing against higher-profile fare. In addition, the reviews were mostly negative, suggesting that this was a film audiences could skip in the theater. It’s unlikely that Love the Coopers can turn things around and become a hit, but thankfully the budget was only $17 million.
Ridley Scott’s The Martian comes in at #4 with $6.7 million. The film has now made $207.4 million domestically, and has a chance at becoming star Matt Damon’s biggest hit.
Rounding out the top five is The 33 (read our review). The true-story drama based on the Chilean miner disaster grossed $5.8 million during its opening weekend. Like Love the Coopers, this film came into theaters without much buzz, and the reviews weren’t doing it any favors, either. It’s appealing to those looking for a conventional, uplifting story, but it’s not large enough to hang with the holdovers.
Goosebumps is #6 with $4.6 million. It’s now up to $73.4 million in the States.
At #7 is Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. The historical drama brought in $4.2 million in its fifth weekend to raise its domestic total to $61.6 million.
Coming in eighth is Prem Ratan Dhan Payo with $2.4 million in its opening weekend. For a film few people have even heard of, that’s not bad.
Hotel Transylvania 2 is the #9 film of the week with $2.3 million. The animated sequel is now up to $165.2 million in the States.
Flop The Last Witch Hunter finishes off the top ten with $1.5 million. It’s now at $26 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, November 16 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo