Box office preview: Spectre, The 33, Love The Coopers
After a lackluster October at the box office, Spectre and The Peanuts Movie ushered in the holiday movie season last weekend, debuting to $70.4 million and $44.2 million respectively. Both are expected to hang on to their first and second-place spots this weekend, besting newcomers The 33 and Love The Coopers.
Here’s how this weekend’s top five at the box office might play out:
1. Spectre — $32.4 million
Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 failed to break the U.S. opening record set by Skyfall, instead bringing in $70.4 million for the second-biggest Bond opening of all time. Still, Spectre’s global box office records have helped propel it to a worldwide gross of $302.3 million and counting. Back in 2012, Skyfall fell about 54 percent in its second weekend, and if Spectre performs similarly, it’ll bring in about $32.4 million.
2. The Peanuts Movie — $28.7 million
The Peanuts Movie opened in a solid second place last weekend, earning $44.2 million. Positive reviews and a lack of other family-friendly fare should keep The Peanuts Movie from seeing too steep of a drop, and it’s expected to fall about 35 percent in its second weekend.
3. The 33 — $9 million
Directed by Patricia Riggen and starring Antonio Banderas, The 33 tells the true story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground in 2010. It’s already rolled out in some Latin American markets, bringing in $12.7 million. Reviews haven’t been great (the film has a 35 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and The 33 is expected to open stateside between $8 million and $10 million for the weekend in about 2,400 theaters.
4. Love The Coopers — $8 million
Starring Diane Keaton as a matriarch trying to keep her family together on Christmas, Love the Coopers marks one of the first holiday-themed films of the year and features a star-studded cast including John Goodman, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, and Anthony Mackie. Despite the mediocre reviews (currently 31 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the comedy-drama is expected to open around $8 million in about 2,500 theaters.
5. The Martian — $6.8 million
Now entering its seventh weekend in theaters, The Martian has grossed more than $198.5 million domestically, making it Ridley Scott’s biggest movie of all time. Globally, it’s brought in more than $460.5 million. After finally relinquishing its hold on first place last weekend, The Martian is expected to drop about 25 percent this weekend and fall to fifth.
Outside of the top five, the faith-based football drama My All American is also hitting theaters, starring Finn Wittrock as University of Texas star player Freddie Steinmark. Writer and director Angelo Pizzo wrote similar sports dramas like Hoosiers and Rudy, and My All American is expected to debut between $2 and $3 million.
This weekend will also see the limited debut of marital drama By The Sea, which is rolling out in 10 theaters around the country. Written and directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt, By The Sea stars Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt, marking the first time the two have starred in a film together since Mr. & Mrs. Smith hit theaters 10 years ago. It’s also one of three films directed by a woman (including The 33 and Love The Coopers) to open this weekend.
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