HOLLYWOOD—After weeks of a slow box-office, two new releases ignited plenty of big bucks from moviegoers. The latest installment in the Bond franchise, “Spectre” opened to impressive numbers with more than $73 million. Not a record compared to the $88 million haul of “Skyfall” back in 2012. It’s safe to say that Bond is likely to hit the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office in a few days. Rather it remains on top next week is to be determined.
Landing in second place was the animated feature that adults have been talking about more than kids: “The Peanuts Movie.” Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang earned $45 million during its debut weekend. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” continues to impress audiences adding another $9.3 million to its tally to land in third place. Halloween might be over, but the notion of a few shivers is still evident as “Goosebumps” landed in fourth place with $7 million.
Rounding out the top five was “Bridge of Spies” with $6.1 million. With awards season really kicking into gear, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s dramatic thriller could be a strong contender as audiences are digging what they are seeing on screen. This weekend sees the release of the feel good flick “Love the Coopers,” the drama “33” and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in “By the Sea.”