Spectre may have come in a bit under expectations last weekend, but that does not mean it’s ready to relinquish first place. The 24th entry in the James Bond franchise should stay on top of the domestic box office with about $32 million in its second frame. Spectre earned an estimated $10.2 million yesterday, bringing its total gross to $105.5 million in North America after eight days. By comparison, Skyfall crossed the $100 million mark on day four of its run and had earned $132 million by its second Friday.
Another win for Spectre means another second-place finish for The Peanuts Movie. Fox’s G-rated feature is expected to take in close to $25 million in its sophomore frame after adding an estimated $5.6 million to its domestic total yesterday. At least one projection had Peanuts beating Bond this weekend, but though Snoopy is expected to have a better overall hold, .007 is still the better bet.
The Martian reached a major milestone on Thursday, just ahead of its seventh weekend in theatres. The Fox feature topped $200 million in domestic earnings, making it the sixth biggest release of 2015… for now. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Force Awakens will clearly have an impact on 2015’s box office rankings but, for now, The Martian deserves credit for making the long run-up to Star Wars 7 a little more interesting.
With Spectre and The Peanuts Movie entering their sophomore frames, a handful of smaller titles hit theatres on Friday. The most successful of these, in terms of box office earnings, was CBS Films’ Love the Coopers. The holiday-themed comedy exceeded pre-release projections with an estimated $2.8 million opening from 2,603 locations. That puts The Coopers on track for $8 million through Sunday, or well above the $5 million that many expected.
Unlike Love the Coopers, The 33 was not able to outrun its (very modest) expectations. The disaster drama made it into the top five on Friday with an estimated $1.8 million from 2,452 locations, but should end its initial three-day run in the $5 million range. Check back tomorrow for full details on this weekend’s box office.
|2.||The Peanuts Movie||$5,610,000||$63.9|
|3.||Love the Coopers||$2,820,000||$2.82|