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Weekend Wrap-Up: Spectre Doesn't Break Records, but Earns More Than Just Peanuts

November 9th, 2015

The Peanuts Movie

It was a good weekend at the box office, but not a great weekend. Both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie opened well enough to be considered hits, but didn't quite reach the high marks I had expected. Call it irrational exuberance. Even though Spectre didn't break the record for the Bond franchise, it still did almost as well as all of the box office did last weekend. Additionally, The Peanuts Movie opened with more than $40 million, which is a great start, while its target audience should help its legs. The overall box office was $162 million, which is 115% more than last weekend. It was also 3.0% more than the same weekend last week, so the slump we've been in is officially over. Year-to-date, 2015 is now ahead of 2014 by a 4.9% margin at $8.89 billion to $8.48 billion. A $415 million lead with less than two months to go seems really safe, especially with a few more potential monster hits on the way.

Despite breaking records in the U.K., Spectre wasn't able to match Skyfall's opening weekend here. However, it still opened really well with $70.40 million over the past three days. The film's reviews are also weaker than Skyfall's reviews so it likely won't have the same legs either. It still has a shot at $200 million, especially with Thanksgiving arriving three weeks from now.

The Peanuts Movie earned $44.21 million during its opening weekend. This is a fantastic start and its legs should be just as strong. The film's reviews are 86% positive and family films tend to have great legs. If it has the same legs as Big Hero 6 did, then The Peanuts Movie would finish with $175 million. That's probably a little high, but $160 million isn't.

The Martian held on really well with $9.07 million over the weekend for a total of $196.84 million after six weeks of release. By this time next week, it will have crossed $200 million.

Goosebumps added $6.80 million over the weekend to its running tally, which now sits at $66.28 million after four weeks of release. This is already more than it cost to make, so as long as it can match its domestic box office internationally, it will break even. It is too soon to tell if that will happen.

Bridge of Spies was right behind with $5.84 million over the weekend for a total of $54.72 million after four weeks of release. Again, this is more than it cost to make, so it should make a profit, eventually.

The sophomore class is rather sad. Burnt is the only one to have a reasonable result, as it declined just 42%. However, that left it with just $2.89 million over the weekend for a two-week total of $10.10 million. Its per theater average is lower than $1,000, so it will see its theater count destroyed over the coming weeks. Our Brand is Crisis fell out of the top ten with $1.42 million over th weekend for a total of $5.92 million after two. Its per theater average is just $647, so even with weak new releases this coming week, most theater owners will want to drop it. Finally there's Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which plummeted 66% to just $630,000 over the weekend for a total of $3.15 million after two.

Weekend Box Office Chart

Filed under: Weekend Wrap-up, The Peanuts Movie, Spectre, Goosebumps, The Martian, Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Bridge of Spies, Burnt, Our Brand is Crisis, James Bond