Box Office: ‘Spectre’ Earns $73 Million, Becomes Second-Biggest James Bond Opening Ever

James Bond has conquered the weekend box office!

Spectre opened at No. 1 with $73 million, the second-biggest opening in history for a James Bond movie, falling short of Skyfall, which opened to $88 million in 2012. However, it did far better than the $40.8 million opening for Casino Royale in 2006, and the $67.5 million opening for Quantum of Solace in 2008. However, Spectre had been expected to open with roughly $80 million in the US, so while the news has been good for the film’s opening, it’s still tainted with a small bit of disappointment.

But the movie more than made up its ground internationally, as the spy flick earned $117.8 million from 76 markets, bringing its foreign total to $190.8 million and taking its worldwide total north of $300 million. In short, this is the No. 1 movie in the world. And that’s a pretty big deal when you consider this is the 24th James Bond movie, showing that the film franchise still has a lot of drawing power. In particular, Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond broke records in the UK, scoring the biggest opening of all time last week, and falling only 29 percent this weekend. This was just an outstanding week for James Bond, and for Spectre.

This weekend’s other big newcomer did solid numbers as well. The Peanuts Movie earned $45 million to come in at No. 2. While it had a weak opening in overseas markets, it played well with families domestically, suggesting there’s potential for a new franchise based around Charles M. Schulz’s iconic comic strip. It has a lot of ground to make up to recoup its $100 million budget, but family films tend to be more dependable performers when it comes to a film maintaining its momentum. While it’s unlikely The Peanuts Movie will do anywhere near this number next week, it should steadily inch its way towards profitability. And if not? Streaming rights, home video and video-on-demand sales should push it over the top.

In other competition, The Martian remains a force of nature at the box office, landing at No. 3 in Week Six with $9.3 million. Its domestic total is getting closer to the $200 million milestone, as its current total rests at $197.1. However, the film has already achieved the feat of becoming director Ridley Scott’s highest-grossing film, beating out Gladiator, which scored $187.7 million in 2000.

Coming in at No. 4 was Goosebumps, which earned $7 million in its fourth weekend at the box office. Its domestic total is now at a $66.5 million, which is slightly healthier than the number for our No. 5 movie this weekend, Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. The drama, starring Tom Hanks, earned $6.1 million to bring its North American gross to $55 million.

But how did the rest of the films do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:

Box Office 'Spectre' Earns $73 Million, Becomes Second-Biggest James Bond Opening Ever

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1. Spectre ($73 million)
2. The Peanuts Movie ($45 million)
3. The Martian ($9.3 million)
4. Goosebumps ($7 million)
5. Bridge of Spies ($6.1 million)
6. Hotel Transylvania 2 ($3.6 million)
7. Burnt ($3 million)
8. The Last Witch Hunter ($2.7 million)
9. The Intern ($1.8 million)
10. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension ($1.7 million)

Via: The Hollywood Reporter

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