Weekend Report: “Spectre” Repeats in First

Thanks to a stronger than expected hold, Spectre was easily able to hold onto first and rebounded after its slightly disappointing opening. Meanwhile, all three newcomers garnered little attention.

Spectre dropped 50% in its second weekend down to $35.4M. In comparison, Quantum of Solace fell 60% while Skyfall fell 54%. The fact that it was able to hold better than Skyfall is particularly impressive, and $200M could be back in play. It’s not guaranteed, but it is absolutely a possibility.

The Peanuts Movie was a bit disappointing, falling 45% in its second weekend. That’s a pretty harsh drop for an animated family film, but that isn’t hugely surprising given how this film had a much higher percentage of adults interested in seeing it, not just kids. It will see some tough competition from The Good Dinosaur over Thanksgiving, but it will still likely wind up with $140M by the end of its run.

The Martian dipped 26% in its seventh weekend and, as a result , topped $200M domestically. So far it’s up to $477M worldwide, and can probably top half a billion by the end of its run.

The highest of the new releases was Love the Coopers with $8.4M. That’s a weak start even for the critically panned Christmas comedy, but it is a bit surprising it even got that high considering its a Christmas movie being released in mid November.

The 33 was also pretty disappointing with $5.8M in fifth place. That’s pretty low, considering the mass media attention that the real event received back in 2010. Sadly, it just seems as though mainstream interest wasn’t there, as they largely stayed away in favor of many other more appealing choices.

One interesting gross is that Prem Ratan Dhan Payo opened in the top 10 despite playing in less than 300 theaters. It opened with $2.4M in eighth place in just 286 theaters. That’s very high for an Indian film, which seem to have been gaining popularity in recent years.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s By the Sea failed to garner any attention, with just $95K from 10 theaters. The terrible reviews and lack of arthouse attention sealed its doom, but it also doesn’t seem like something that would garner any mainstream appeal either. The $10M drama will likely disappear from theaters without a trace.

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