‘Spectre,’ ‘Peanuts’ Beat New Films at Weekend Box Office

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“Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie,” two big-budget holdovers, outpaced new releases to lead the box office for a second weekend.

“Spectre,” the latest film in the James Bond spy series from Sony Corp., held on to first place with $35.4 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, Rentrak Corp. said Sunday in a statement. “Peanuts,” from 20th Century Fox, repeated last week’s second-place finish, adding $24.2 million to its take.

Blockbusters including the seven-week-old “The Martian,” which came in fourth, have showed enough staying power to outdraw new, niche films. The rankings are sure to change next week when another picture in a big franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” debuts, leaving little room for smaller projects to break through.

“James Bond and Peanuts are strong brands that aren’t disappointing, and other studios didn’t put much in their way of competition,” said Phil Contrino, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “We are in a calm period before being off to the races, with a lot of huge movies coming that are setting the stage for a massive end of the year.”

China Opening

“Spectre” is on pace to set records in China, including the biggest opening weekend of all time for a two-dimensional U.S. film with $48 million, Sony said in a statement Sunday. The film has pulled in almost $550 million worldwide since its debut, Sony said.

“With ‘‘Spectre,’’ their overseas performance is far more important than their North American presence, and there they are showing strong resonance,” Contrino said.

Among the new releases, the leader was the holiday comedy “Love the Coopers,” via CBS Corp., which generated sales of $8.4 million and placed third. BoxOffice.com was looking for $7.3 million.

Diane Keaton and John Goodman star among four generations of a family coming together for Christmas Eve. Unexpected visitors and events turn the night upside down, and they rediscover family bonds and the holiday spirit. Only 17 percent of reviews were positive, according to aggregator Rottentomatoes.com.

“The 33,” a Warner Bros. feature about Chilean miners trapped for more than two months, placed fifth and garnered $5.85 million on its debut, Rentrak said. The film is based on the book “Deep Down Dark,” by Hector Tobar.

Banderas, Binoche

The film was forecast by BoxOffice.com to deliver ticket sales of $7.2 million. It stars Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche and collected 40 percent positive reviews. “A compelling but too-tidy dramatization of a remarkable rescue event,” Rafer Guzman wrote in Newsday.

A third new release, the sports drama “My All American,” placed 12th and collected $1.39 million, Rentrak said. The picture from distributor Clarius Entertainment got 35 percent positive reviews and was predicted to debut with $2.6 million in sales.

The film stars Finn Wittrock as an athlete deemed too small to play college football. A famed coach played by Aaron Eckhart gives him a chance.

Weekend sales for the top 10 films fell 24 percent to $95.8 million from a year earlier, Rentrak said. Sales for the year to date have increased 4.4 percent to $9.3 billion.

The following table has U.S. box-office figures provided by studios to Rentrak. The amounts are based on actual ticket sales for Nov. 13, Nov. 14 and estimates for Sunday.

                     Rev.    Pct.             Avg./   Total
 Movie              (mln)    Chg. Theaters  Theater   (mln)  Wks
1 Spectre            35.4    -50    3,929    9,010    130.7    2
2 Peanuts Movie      24.2    -45    3,902    6,202     82.5    2
3 Love The Coopers    8.4     --    2,603    3,227      8.4    1
4 Martian, The        6.7    -26    2,788    2,412    207.4    7
5 33                  5.8     --    2,452    2,384      5.8    1
6 Goosebumps          4.7    -32    2,805    1,658     73.5    5
7 Bridge Of Spies     4.3    -26    2,688    1,596     61.7    5
8 Prem Ratan Dhan     2.4     --      286    8,392      2.8    1
9 Hotel Transylvania  2.4    -35    1,834    1,281    165.2    8
10 Last Witch Hunter  1.5    -42    1,479    1,014     26.1    4

Top 10 Films Grosses

This Week Year Ago Pct. (mln) (mln) Chg. =================================== $95.8 $125.7 -23.8

Year-to-date Revenue

2014 2013 YTD YTD Pct. (mln) (mln) Chg. =================================== $9,308 $8,913 4.4 Source: Rentrak Corp.
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