Despite a few newcomers, Sony’s “Spectre” continued its box-office dominance for another week with a $35M weekend across the country. The film screened at 3,929 locations this week, bumping the film’s running total to just under $130.7M in just two-weeks. The film was directed by Sam Mendes, based on a screenplay written by John Logan and Neal Purvis. Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux star in the film.
Taking second-place for the second week in a row was “The Peanuts Movie” from Fox. The animated-comedy earned an additional $24.2M this weekend, reaching $82.5M since its release two-weeks ago.
“Love the Coopers” from CBS Studios earned $8.4M over the film’s opening weekend. The dramedy opened at 2,603 locations and features a strong line-up of stars including Olivia Wilde, Diane Keaton, John Goodman and Ed Helms. In the film four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. It’s at this time that a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. The film was directed by Jessie Nelson, working off a screenplay written by Steven Rogers.
Still going strong for another week is “The Martian,” now in its seventh week in the top-five. The sci-fi epic earned an additional $6.7M across 2,788 locations. The long-running hit has now earned over $207.4M domestically, making it one of FOX’s biggest hits of the year.
The Warner Bros. Pictures’ film based on an actual mining incident that trapped a team of workers within a mine took fifth-place overall. Called “The 33,” the film took-in $5.85M across 2,452 locations domestically. The film was directed by Patricia Riggen, working off a screen play written by Mikko Alanne and Craig Borten. Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro and Juliette Binoche star in the film. “My All American” earned only $1.4M across 1,565 locations this week.
At the specialty box-office “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” earned the most, sitting on $2.4M across 286 locations. “By the Sea” from Universal Pictures earned $95,440 but only opened in 10 locations at this point. The drama is probably the most well-known at the specialty box-office, mostly because it was written and directed by Angelina Jolie and co-stars Jolie and Brad Pitt. Mélanie Laurent also stars in the film.
Despite only making $12,120 in just one theater, “James White” is showing a lot of promise during this year’s award season. The film was written and directed by Josh Mond and stars Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston and Makenzie Leigh. In the film James, a 21-year-old New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.