Spectre and The Peanuts Movie Reinvigorate the Weekend Box Office

 

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Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007, in Sam Mendes’ latest, Spectre, which dominated the weekend box office with an impressive $70.4 million, making it the second highest Bond opening ever after Skyfall’s $88.4 million haul during its opening weekend in 2012. Despite record-breaking numbers in the United Kingdom, some are still calling Spectre’s opening a disappointment. It was projected to bring in closer to $73 million, but Sunday numbers fell, possibly due to lackluster reviews. You can read BlueCat’s review here.

The Peanuts Movie opened strongly in second place with $44.2 million. “Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.” The Steve Martino film is adapted from the long running, popular Charles M Shulz comic strip.

Ridley Scott’s The Martian is holding strong in third place with $9.1 million, followed by Goosebumps in fourth place with $6.8 million, and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies in fifth place with $5.8 million.

Oscars contenders Spotlight, Brooklyn, and Trumbo also opened this weekend in limited releases.

Spotlight is the true story of the Boston Glob’s Spotlight Team, which exposed the Catholic sex abuse scandal and cover up in Boston. Written and directed by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams.

John Crowley directed Brooklyn from the script by Nick Hornby. Saoirse Ronan stars as a young Irish immigrant in 1950s Brooklyn who quickly falls into a new romance.

Trumbo is the biopic of legendary screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted for his political ideals in 1947 Hollywood. Bryan Cranston stars in the title role alongside Diane Lane, Louis CK, and Helen Mirren. Jay Roach directed the film from John McNamara’s script, adapted from the book by Bruce Cook.

Check back in next week with openings from Man Up and By the Sea.

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