Box Office: ‘Spectre’ Remains No. 1 With $35 Million, Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt Film Bombs
It was a tale of big wins and bigger bombs at the box office this weekend, as James Bond and the Peanuts Gang remained at the top of the heap.
Spectre remained No. 1 in its second weekend with an impressive $35 million, bringing its domestic total to $130.7 million over the course of its 10 days of release so far. While that’s well below the $161 million that Skyfall earned in its second weekend in 2012, Spectre is actually doing a fare bit better than Skyfall internationally. Overseas, the movie took in $152.6 million this weekend to brings its foreign gross to $413.1 million and a worldwide total of $543.8 million. Hell, $14 million of that haul came from France this weekend, despite countless theaters closing down in the largest cinema market as a result of the Paris terror attacks on Friday. This is a movie that is remaining strong despite even the most modest projections.
Another movie that is doing solid business in its second weekend is The Peanuts Movie, which earned $24.2 million, a drop of only 44 percent. To date, the movie has earned $82.5 million. The movie is considerably closer now to recouping its $99 million budget, and cementing its potential as a future franchise for 20th Century Fox. This was enough to keep ahead of another of this weekend’s new competitors, the holiday family comedy Love the Coopers, which came in at No. 3 with $8.4 million. The movie features an all-star cast including John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin, and its target audience has largely been adult women, which made up 70 percent of the audience. The movie cost between $17 million and $18 million to produce, so it’s got a bit of a ways to go before it becomes profitable, but CBS Films is expecting Love the Coopers to have staying power over the course of the holiday season.
Yet another newcomer made a dent in the Top 5, although not as considerable a dent as the studio probably would have liked. The Chilean miner drama The 33, starring Antonio Banderas, came in at No. 5 with $5.9 million, just behind The Martian, which earned $6.7 million to land at No. 4. All in all, it was a strong Top 5, although the rest of the Top 10 rankings had some surprises.
Chief among the shockers at the box office this weekend was the high-profile failure of By the Sea, the drama written and directed by Angelina Jolie, who co-starred alongside husband Brad Pitt. The movie bombed in its limited release debut, earning just $95,440 from 10 theaters for a per-theater average of only $9,544. This, despite expectations that the film would earn a per-theater average somewhere in the $25,000-$30,000 range.
With a budget of $10 million, By the Sea is the first on-screen appearance by Jolie and Pitt since 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. However, this was far less well-received than that action-spy comedy, as By the Sea was torn to shreds by critics, with many expecting that this will never open nationwide now. For their part, Universal claims there was never a plan in place to open this nationwide, noting that it was always intended to play in limited release at the specialty box office. What that accomplishes is unknown, unless the intention was to position this as an Oscar contender. But right now, that seems patently unlikely.
With that said, not all of this week’s surprises were bad. One such stunner was the awesome performance of a small Bollywood movie: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo opened at No. 9 with $2.4 million, just a few dollars less than Hotel Transylvania 2, which finished in the same range. Still, this makes Prem Ratan Dhan Payo one of the all-time best openings for a Bollywood film in the United States. And it’s enjoying every bit as much success in its native country. In India, the movie currently enjoys the biggest opening of all-time for a Bollywood feature, earning $27 million in four days.
But how did the rest of the films do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 11/16/2015
1. Spectre ($35.4 million)
2. The Peanuts Movie ($24.2 million)
3. Love the Coopers ($8.4 million)
4. The Martian ($6.7 million)
5. The 33 ($5.8 million)
6. Goosebumps ($4.7 million)
7. Bridge of Spies ($4.3 million)
8. Hotel Transylvania 2 ($2.4 million)
9. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo ($2.4 million)
10. The Last Witch Hunter ($1.5 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
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