Good morning you fine Bleary-Eyed fans. It’s Monday morning and it’s time to look back at the weekend and determine which films slugged it out for the top spot in the Box Office Battle Royale. As you might recall, my money was on Spectre for a $60-$80M debut. Check out the number One on our list. Now that we’re all in the shower together…can you now see my powers of insight? Do they make you tremble? Will you fear my mind?
Cleanliness aside, let’s find out the Top 5 from last weekend:
1) Spectre- $73.0M
Ah ha! I told you all where the gross would be, did you listen? No. Did you attempt to make guesses of your own? No. What does this tell me? No one is reading this stuff… Oh well, my hurt feelings aside, congrats to 007 for another great performance at the Box Office. While Skyfall still holds the record for the largest opening of any Bond film with $87.8M in 2012, Spectre did well enough to overthrow The Martian from it’s six week reign at the Number One spot or near it.
We’ll have our official review for Spectre later today, so we can talk more about Craig’s fourth outing as the Spy Supreme and if we believe he should continue.
2) The Peanuts Movie – $45.0M
As predicted, Charles Schultz’s legacy on display in modern animation took the second spot this week. Sadly, the nostalgia wasn’t strong enough to get The Peanuts Movie even remotely close to the largest animated opening of 2015 (Minions @ $115.7M in July). It’s a shame that more people were not interested in the Schultz toon, but from what others have said, it stayed close to the source material and respected the fans and legacy. It may not make much money, but the film adds another notch on the belt for a successful and beloved franchise.
3) The Martian- $9.3M ($197.1M Total)
Continuing in the Top 5 for its sixth week, The Martian continues to thrill audiences and take their money like a mugger in New York. The total above represents the Domestic Box Office, but to truly give you a “wow” statistic, the Worldwide gross to date is an excellent $458.5M. Now, that doesn’t hold much of a candle to Jurassic World’s Worldwide total of $1.7B, but for it not being a sequel, a remake, or Superhero film, The Martian is doing just fine.
Matt Damon and the Red Planet continue to delight and we at I Watch Too Many Movies couldn’t be happier as it will hopefully reignite the love for space and exploration. Maybe we’ll get to Mars a little faster due to this film’s popularity.
4) Goosebumps- $7.0M ($66.4M Total)
The nostalgia machine Goosebumps continues to plod along, but with it being November, it doesn’t look like it’ll be going too much farther. In general we enjoyed what we saw, and despite our earlier concerns, they actually came up with a creative way to bring the books of our childhood to life. Check it out when it comes out video or streaming, but don’t expect anything other than a comedy that the family can enjoy. You never know, it might be a great excuse to get your kids reading the beloved books from your past.
5) Bridge of Spies- $6.1M ($55.0M Total)
Rounding out the Top 5 this weekend was Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. The film wasn’t built to be a blockbuster success, but give a little bit of history and allow Tom Hanks to stretch acting legs before he’s forced to pick up the role of Robert Langdon in Ron Howard’s Inferno.
What Bridge of Spies does do is give us a stark contrast from the action/adventure/heroics of Spectre. Ask most people though, and they’ll take 007 over anything close to reality.
That rolls up our Top 5 from last weekend’s Box Office. I don’t foresee too much shakeup in the Box Office until November 20th when we get the conclusion of The Hunger Games, some crazy hijinks with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, and a biographical film featuring Tom Hardy portraying identical twin gangsters. I’ve got 5 to 1 odds that we’ll be seeing some big numbers in the next few weeks.
Enjoy the week and remember not to get too much soap in your eyes, because this crowded shower isn’t good about sharing the water.