After several weeks of lack luster performances at the box office Bond and Brown bring back a little respect with this weekends box office results.
“Spectre” the newest entry into the James Bond franchise was easily the winner with an estimated $73 million opening weekend here in the U.S., but “Spectre” failed to reach or surpass the $88.4 million that “Skyfall” took in it’s opening weekend in 2012.
“Spectre” is the 24th film in the Bond franchise and the fourth entry staring Daniel Craig, costing a reported $250 million to produce. “Spectre” opening weekend is now the 2nd highest for Craig since taking over as everyone’s favorite British spy.
Critically “Spectre” has not received the same positive reaction as “Skyfall”. Spectre has a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes compared to Skyfall’s 93%. “Spectre” will be facing a tougher challenge in 2015 compared to “Skyfall” in 2012. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hits theaters in a couple of weeks and then a few weeks later Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The other big movie opening opposite to Bond was the family-friendly “The Peanuts Movie” from Fox taking in a very respectable $45 million in its first three days of release. Charlie Brown and gang did well in the States, but not so much internationally with only a paltry $2.8 million in China.
Both Bond and Brown should continue to do well through next weekend before the competition gets a bit tougher.
Here is a look at the box office top ten for this past weekend. The Martian still did fairly well and is closing in on the $200 million mark.
|2.||The Peanuts Movie
|5.||Bridge of Spies
|6.||Hotel Transylvania 2
|8.||The Last Witch Hunter
|10.||Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension