Spectre and The Peanuts Movie spent their second weekends at the top of the charts once again, besting a trio of new wide releases.
Spectre notched its second win, earning an estimated $35.4 million for a second-weekend drop just shy of 50 percent. The latest James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig as 007, hasn’t been able to catch Skyfall’s stateside record as the biggest Bond movie ever, and Spectre’s 10-day total is now at $130.7 million, compared to Skyfall’s $160.9 million. Still, Spectre has more than made up ground globally, and in China, it earned more than $48 million, making it the biggest Chinese debut ever for an international 2D film.
The Peanuts Movie also had a solid second weekend, holding on to second place with an estimated $24.2 million and falling 45 percent. The retelling of Charles M. Schulz’s classic comic strip has benefitted from being one of the only family-friendly flicks in theaters right now, and its domestic total is now at $82.5 million.
The new releases didn’t fare as well, and none managed to open in double digits. Love The Coopers led the newcomers, earning third place with an estimated $8.4 million in 2,603 locations. The large ensemble cast includes Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms, and more, and although the Christmas-themed comedy could have long legs through the holiday season, Love The Coopers only earned a B- CinemaScore, which could affect its longevity.
The 33, about the true story of the Chilean mining incident in 2010, took fifth place, opening to an estimated $5.8 million in 2,452 locations. That’s slightly below predictions for the Antonio Banderas-starring drama, although it did earn an A- CinemaScore. The 33 was bested by The Martian, which, in its seventh weekend, earned $6.7 million for fourth place. It now has a whopping domestic total of $207.4 million, making it the sixth biggest movie of the year.
This weekend’s final new wide release failed to crack the top 10, and My All American, starring Finn Wittrock and Aaron Eckhart in the story of Texas football legend Freddie Steinmark, only earned $1.4 million in 1,565 locations. It played well in Texas and other markets throughout the South, earning an A CinemaScore, but it failed to break out like other faith-based hits like War Room.
In limited release, Angelina Jolie Pitt’s By The Sea got off to a rocky start, opening in 10 locations with an estimated $95,444. The marital drama, which stars Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt in their first on-screen appearance together since Mr. & Mrs. Smith, earned a gloomy per-location average of $9,544.
Also at the specialty box office, Spotlight expanded to 60 locations and earned a solid $1.4 million. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams, the story of the Boston Globe investigation into the Catholic Church has grossed $1.8 million domestically. The Bollywood musical romance Prem Ratan Dhan Payo also had an impressive weekend, earning $2.4 million in only 286 theaters.
Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office: