James Bond and Charlie Brown brought the box office roaring back to life, as “Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie” pulled huge crowds above their opening weekends.
“Spectre,” the latest 007 adventure, took first position, debuting to $73 million from 3,929 theaters — a hefty figure and the second highest in show history, but one that nevertheless trails the start of “Skyfall.”
The previous movie in the long-running franchise bowed to $88.4 million, but had better reviews and benefited from being the only new wide-release in its opening weekend.
Globally, however, “Spectre” remains a juggernaut, pulling in $200 million and shoving its global total to more than $300 million after a couple of weeks in launch. Having a production budget of $250 million and millions more in marketing costs, “Spectre” must pull in $650 million globally to break even.
It’s a time of transition for Bond. Daniel Craig, who had been praised by critics for injecting danger and an emotional depth to the character, has hinted this is his last time playing the role.
The search for a replacement has already triggered frenzied speculation about who is able to take the show over. And Eon Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer are weighing distribution offers.
Sony’s deal to distribute the Bond movies expires with “Spectre,” and though the studio is expected to make a play to maintain the show, other suitors, including Warner Bros. and Paramount, will aggressively pursue the rights to the franchise.
$45 million was racked up by the version of Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip across 3,897 displays. It cost $100 million to make and was created by Blue Sky, the creative force behind the “Ice Age” series.
$302,276 were picked up by the look in the investigation of the Boston Globe from five theatres. Thatis a healthy per-screen average of $60,455.
The picture hopes to be in more than 500 theaters heading into Thanksgiving and will slowly expand in the coming weeks.