New releases flopped this week, ensuring that Spectre and The Peanuts Movie had great holds and no problems hanging onto their places from last week's chart. Spectre grossed another 35 million, falling just about 50 percent, and though it's not catching Skyfall's record here for the highest grossing Bond film ever in the U.S., it's already at 130 million and will probably make it past 200, which is nothing to sneeze at. Besides, overseas it's a monster, earning 48 million in China for the weekend, making it the biggest opening ever there for an international 2D film.
The Peanuts Movie fell just 45 percent as well, coming in with 24 million and benefiting from the being the only family audience movie on the market right now after Hotel Transylvania 2- its total so far is at 82 million. There was nothing much to report on for the low key new releases- the Diane Keaton starring family ensemble holiday movie Love the Coopers came in third with just 8 million, while the Chilean mining drama The 33 took fifth place with almost 6 million. It was bested by The Martian though, which has now crossed 207 million to become the sixth biggest movie of the year.
- Spectre- 35.4 million
- The Peanuts Movie- 24.2 million
- Love the Coopers- 8.4 million
- The Martian- 6.7 million
- The 33- 5.8 million
In limited release, Angelina Jolie's pretentious marital drama By the Sea bombed, earning a dismal 9k per screen average on 10 screens, while Spotlight continues to shine, earning over a million for the weekend expansion in 60 locations. Brooklyn is also doing well, holding a PTA of around 26k, having not expanded much yet, so those two heavy Oscar hopefuls will continue to play for the next few months in specialty release as awards nominations come in. Next week is a big one, with the final Hunger Games movie opening against Seth Rogen's The Night Before, and the limited openings of Cate Blanchett's Carol and Julia Roberts' The Secret in Their Eyes. See you then.