‘Spectre’ and ‘Peanuts’ lure moviegoers after some lean weekends at box office
New releases featuring old reliables -- James Bond and Charlie Brown and his friends from the “Peanuts” comic strip -- beckoned moviegoers back to cinemas Friday after a lean couple of weekends at the box office.
“Spectre,” starring Daniel Craig as Bond for the fourth time, grossed an estimated $28 million. Combined with $5.25 million from Thursday night previews, the spy adventure, directed by Sam Mendes and playing in 3,929 theaters, appears to have avoided the specter of box-office underperformance.
The Sony Pictures, MGM and EON Productions release is now expected to take in more than $70 million by this weekend’s end, which would top the $60 million to $65 million Sony had projected, although some predictions had pegged it as a candidate to reach $80 million. It appears that “Spectre” will fall short of “Skyfall” -- also starring Craig -- and its $88-million opening weekend take as the fastest-starting film in the Bond franchise’s 53-year history.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in “Spectre.”(Jonathan Olley / MGM/Columbia Pictures)
Ralph Fiennes is M in the newest James Bond film.(Francois Duhamel / MGM/Columbia Pictures)
Naomie Harris reprises her role as Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond film “Spectre.”(Francois Duhamel / MGM/Columbia Pictures)
Lea Seydoux appears in a scene from “Spectre.”(Jonathan Olley / MGM/Columbia Pictures)
Monica Bellucci and Daniel Craig in “Spectre.”(Jonathan Olley / MGM/Columbia Pictures)
Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux appear in the James Bond film “Spectre.”(Jonathan Olley / MGM/Columbia Pictures)
Christoph Waltz and Lea Seydoux appear in a scene from “Spectre.”(Jonathan Olley / MGM/Columbia Pictures)
Stephanie Sigman in “Spectre.”(Jonathan Olley / MGM/Columbia Pictures)
“The Peanuts Movie” opened Friday in 3,897 theaters, grossing an estimated $12.1 million, according to estimates. The 20th Century Fox release is directed by Steve Martino and is the first full-length feature film based on Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip. “Peanuts” has had successful past iterations on television (“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” among others) and the musical stage (“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”).
Another 20th Century Fox release, “The Martian,” was third Friday with $2.6 million in ticket sales as it began its sixth weekend in theaters. That pushed its total U.S. gross to $190.4 million.
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