CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – A couple of new releases this week will be unable to unseat powerhouses Spectre and The Peanuts Movie. Meanwhile, The Martian will continue its amazing run with its 7th weekend in the top 5.
Spectre was able to open with the second largest opening of the franchise last weekend. Many however, consider its opening to be a disappointment. Its $70 million was an $18 million drop from the previous entry and only $3 million higher than Quantum of Solace which was released in 2008.
Most predictions for its opening were in the $75-$85 million range. With numbers coming in below even the lowest predictions, it is possible that Spectre may not even finish in the top ten for the year. Critics and audience members have had a lukewarm reaction which may convince some individuals to wait for its DVD release.
Spectre was able to retain more of its audience for Friday than Quantum did making an estimated $10.2 million. If audience erosion is avoided, a finish of about $31 million for the weekend is likely with its total reaching $126 million. With Hunger Games releasing next weekend, Spectre will likely see a large drop next weekend. Reaching $200 million is no longer a guarantee.
The Peanuts Movie’s first weekend was on the higher end of openings for Blue Sky Animation. Blue Sky has had 3 movies open around $45 million, all 3 finished with over $150 million. Peanuts will most likely join this club as well. It dropped 54% Friday to $5.6 million, bringing its toltal to $63 million. A strong Saturday should help it achieve a $20+ million weekend. $21 million would bring its total to $78 million.
There was not much love for Christmas in November as Love the Coopers debuted in 3rd on Friday with an estimated $2.8 million. A $7 million finish for the weekend will not dissuade Hollywood from trying to start Christmas early next year, but perhaps fewer studios will attempt it in the future.
The Martian became the seventh movie of the year to cross $200 million at the domestic box office. It had another amazing hold Friday, dropping only 26% to an estimated $1.9 million. The Martian will once again enjoy a spot in the top five with around $5.3 million.
The 33 is projecting to place 5th with about $4.7 million. The true life story of 33 Chilean miners rescued after a mine collapse failed to connect with American audiences. With so-so ratings from critics, it is unlikely to get any boost from awards season.
Bridge of Spies and Goosebumps are neck and neck for 6th and 7th place for the weekend. Bridge has a slight edge, but both movies should make about $4 million.
8th place will go to a surprising entry this weekend. Bollywood hit PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO made $697k from only 286 theaters. A $2.4 million finish will give it a spot in the top ten this weekend.
9th and 10th place will go to My All American and Hotel Transylvania 2. The movies are estimated only $5k apart going into the weekend with the edge belonging to My All American. I think Hotel will pull the win out in the end with American barely making it into the top ten over The Last Witch Hunter.
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