Monday Box Office Report – Licence to kill (and make money)

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Over the course of his 57-year cinematic lifespan, James Bond has faced down a colourful rogues gallery comprised of despicable terrorists, violent madmen, megalomaniacal scientists, inhuman henchmen and more, all looking to either rule the world or destroy it. But this weekend past 007 came up against one of his toughest adversaries to date: A bald American boy and his dog.

With Spectre, Daniel Craig’s latest outing as the British superspy, already ruling Europe, it set its sights across the pond as it opened in the US this past Friday. Standing in the way of its domestic total box office domination though was Charlie Brown and Snoopy and the rest of the gang from The Peanuts Movie, which opened on the same day. It was a titanic clash for the ages, and in the end Bond came out on top, but not without one hell of a scrappy performance from the underdog as the two films pulled in a respective, and highly respectable, $73 million and $45 million to claim the top two spots on the charts.

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With Spectre having already brought in a further $233 million internationally, it’s off to a really good start on its quest to topple predecessor Skyfall from its franchise-high box office throne. Spectre‘s biggest hurdle though is that at a whopping $250 million, it carries a price tag $50 million more than Skyfall.

Either way, Spectre and The Peanuts Movie brought in some much needed cash to the US box office, which had notched up the worst performing weekend of the year the week before. Their entries at the top of the chart essentially just bumped everything down two places from last week. Well, nearly everything, as somehow Hotel Transylvania 2 once again managed the incredible feat of climbing up two spots to sixth, despite the fact that it’s already been on the charts for six weeks already. The Adam Sandler led animated flick has now made a monstrous $404 million globally off a $80 million budget.

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The only other points of interest on the charts is that Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter continues to flounder, slipping from fifth to eighth and just about torpedoing any franchise plans the studio may have had, while The Intern managed to claw its way back into the top 10 after dropping out for one week. Here’s what the rest of the chart looks like.

  • Spectre – $73 million
  • The Peanuts Movie – $45 million
  • The Martian – $9.3 million
  • Goosebumps – $6.95 million
  • Bridge of Spies – $6.08 million
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 – $3.55 million
  • Burnt – $3 million
  • The Last Witch Hunter – $2.65 million
  • The Intern – $1.81 million
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension – $1.65 million
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The most noteworthy departure out of the top 10 this week is the Sandra Bullock led Our Brand is Crisis. It opened last week at eighth to the lowest domestic opening in Bullock’s career and continues to flop hard as it dropped down to eleventh place, only mustering up a meagre $1.5 million in its second week. It still needs to open internationally, but at this point it’s only managed to recoup $6 million of its $28 million budget, and things are not looking good.

Last Updated: November 9, 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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    I had hope for the Last Witch Hunter…

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