Mockingjay Is Next Weekend
Spectre, the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, continued its box-office dominance with a $35.4 million weekend in the U.S. Globally, Spectre has really shined amassing over $500 million abroad. The film is impressively right behind 2012’s Skyfall as far as earnings go, but given the mediocre reviews, we will have to wait and see how long Spectre can keep up this pace.
Meanwhile the magic of the beloved Charles Schultz characters held strong, as The Peanuts Movie dropped 44% in its second weekend earning $24.2 million.
Ensemble film Love the Coopers, a holiday comedy with a cast that includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, and Olivia Wilde.Coopers fared the best of the new arrivals earning a decent $8.4 million for the weekend. Despite the holiday theme I’d say Love the Coopers is in for a steep decline next weekend as it was skewered by critics and audiences alike.
Seven weeks into its run, The Martian lands into the fourth spot. With a mere 26% week-over-week decline, the Ridley Scott film added another $6.7 million to its $207.4 million domestic run. The Martian has now grossed $477.8 million worldwide.
The other big film to make its debut over the weekend was the Chilean miner drama The 33, which opened to the tune of $5.9 million while receiving positive reviews from critics and general audiences alike. The dramatization of the infamous 2010 mining accident stars Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo impressed in opening to $2.4 million from only 286 theaters. The film, placing # 9, boasts 1 of the best US debuts ever for a Bollywood title. And it made history in India, scoring the biggest Bollywood opening of all time with 4-day box office of $27 million.
By the Sea a moody drama, written/directed/starring Angelina Jolie-Pitt and also featuring Brad Pitt failed to impress. From ten locations, By the Sea opened to $95,440 with a budget of $10 million. Universal will have to expand locations quickly if they want to recoup some of thier expenses here. On a note of “who cares?” By The Sea marks the first time the Pitts have appeared together on the big screen since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005.
The worst-performing new release was the formulaic sports drama My All American. While opening on 1,565 screens, the Aaron Eckhart vehicle only scored $1.3 million for 12th place. That equates to a mere $889 per-screen. Ouch.
Next weekend we will see a much different Box Office landscape with a monster release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the much-anticipated conclusion of The Hunger Games franchise. Also a couple of interesting debuts – Tom Hardy’s gangster drama Legend and the raunchy holiday comedy The Night Before, starring Seth Rogen. Stay Tuned!
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. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo,” $2.4 million
9. Hotel Transylvania 2, $2.4 million
10. The Last Witch Hunter, $1.5 million