Monday Box Office Report – Jolie and Pitt drowns BY THE SEA

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When your opposition fails, does that really make you the winner? If you had to ask Spectre and The Peanuts Movie then answer would undoubtedly be yes, as James Bond and Charlie Brown held on to the top two spots on the US box office for the second weekend in a row thanks to a poor showing that saw new entries making very lacklustre debuts and old titles dropping down a few notches.

The two leaders had a respective 50% and 44% drop-off which is not too bad for the second week. Most notably, Spectre’s $35.4 million addition to its coffers helped to push it over the $500 million mark globally.

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As for the new entries on the charts, the top highest newcomer was ensemble holiday comedy Love The Coopers, which came in 3rd with $8.4 million – the only film outside of the top two to even come close to cracking the $10 million mark this week. Over in 5th place, the Antonio Banderas led true story Chilean miner drama The 33 could only dig up $5.84 million, while Bollywood romantic musical Prem Ratan Dhan Payo‘s $2.4 million was just enough for 8th place. The latter achievement may not sound like much, but seeing as how Prem Ratan Dhan Payo only actually opened in 248 theatres, this makes it the fourth biggest opening ever in North America for a Bollywood production.

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The biggest box office news though – and for all the wrong reasons – concerns real life couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s intense relationship drama By The Sea. The Jolie-directed flick, which has received only a lukewarm reception from critics, only opened in 10 US theatres, but even taking that limited release into consideration it still had a devastatingly poor opening in 31st place. The film pulled in a pitiable $95, 440 which means it made less than $10, 000 per theatre. Sorry, Charlie Brown, but that is actually peanuts.

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Let’s see what’s happening on the rest of the charts, which is basically just a reshuffling of last week’s titles as they fought each other for the scraps.

  • 1. Spectre – $35.4 million (*LW: 1st)
  • 2. The Peanuts Movie – $24.2 million (LW: 2nd)
  • 3. Love the Coopers – $8.4 million (NE)
  • 4. The Martian – $6.7 million (LW: 3rd)
  • 5. The 33 – $5.84 million (NE)
  • 6. Goosebumps – $4.6 million (LW: 4th)
  • 7. Bridge of Spies – $4.28 million (LW 5th)
  • 8. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – $2.4 million (NE)
  • 9. Hotel Transylvania 2 – $2.35 million (LW: 6)
  • 10. The Last Witch Hunter – $1.5 million (LW: 8)

Dropping out of the Top 10 this week are The Intern, Burnt, and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, with The Intern being the only one out of that lot that can be considered a success having earned $182 million globally ($73 million from the US alone) off a budget of just $35 million.

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*LW = Last week, NE = New entry

Last Updated: November 16, 2015

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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