Weekend Wrap-Up

Spectre Second Weekend Leads Box Office

By John Hamann

November 15, 2015

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That puts The Martian down to fourth this weekend, which is the first time in six weekends that rank has been below third. The Matt Damon release still holds beautifully, continuing a run that has gone against the grain through a troubled October. This weekend, the Ridley Scott film earned another $6.7 million, off only 26% compared to last weekend. The Martian’s seventh weekend beats the same weekend from Gravity’s run, when the Sandra Bullock starrer was earning $6.1 million. At that point in Gravity’s term, it had earned $240.4 million. The Martian, on the other hand, has earned $207.4 million. Gravity was stronger than The Martian in the initial part of its run, but The Martian is actually showing better legs later in the game. The Martian has also earned $270 million overseas, which is still a far cry from Gravity’s $450 million.

Fifth goes to new release The 33, the story of the Chilean mining crew trapped underground for almost 70 days. Anyone who followed the story knows that it ended well, so unless you’re a relative, I’m not sure who is coming out to this - it seems more like TV Movie of the Week stuff to me. I wasn’t the only one, as The 33 earned only $5.8 million from 2,452 screens this weekend. It did earn an A- Cinemascore, so the film is doing what it should emotionally for people, but its 40% fresh rating limited audiences coming out on opening weekend. Made for $26 million, The 33 will need to find an audience outside of North America – it has so far, earning $12 million – to hopefully find a profit.

Sixth is Goosebumps, which is still surviving two weekends after Halloween. This weekend, Goosebumps earned another $4.7 million and fell a not-bad 32%. The Sony release has now scared up $73.5 million in domestic sales, but carried a budget of $58 million, which means when this finally sees the light overseas, it is going to need at least $75 million in ticket sales – the good news is that it already has $30 million over there, so collecting the rest shouldn’t be too difficult.

Bridge of Spies drops two spots to seventh this weekend, but holds nicely. The Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg flick took in another $4.3 million and declined a teeny 27%. It opened to $15.3 million, and hasn’t seen a drop higher than 30% yet. It cost $40 million to make and has a domestic total so far of $61.7 million.

Eighth is Bollywood film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. It earned $2.4 million from 286 screens, giving it a venue average of $8,392.


Ninth is Hotel Transylvania 2, now in its ninth weekend. The Adam Sandler flick earned another $2.3 million and fell 35% as The Peanuts Movie took a lot of its business. Still, the spooky sequel has picked up $165.2 million stateside and has over $250 million in overseas sales as well.

The Last Witch Hunter takes 10th place, earning $1.5 million as it declines 42%. This October holdover has now accumulated $26.1 million from domestic venues. Its international total is approaching the $60 million mark.

Sitting down in 12th is My All American, the second football and faith movie we’ve seen over the last few weeks (Woodlawn was the other). This new release earned only $1.4 million this weekend, and joins the litany of other failures released this fall. Clarius Entertainment released this one to 1,565 screens, and didn’t push hard enough to get either the football or church crowd out to see it. If there’s good news, it’s that it earned an A Cinemascore, but at 34% fresh, it wasn’t able to make waves.

In limited release, the Brangelina flick By The Sea didn’t do much, earning $95,440 million from 10 screens. This wasn’t made to mint money, so it will likely disappear given the 31% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. In better news, Spotlight expanded from five screens to 61 screens, and earned $1.4 million, giving it an average of $22,925. Brooklyn also expanded this weekend from five screens to 23. It earned $485,000 and ad a screen average of $21,087.

Overall, the box office did okay given that all the openers basically cratered. Compared to last year, though, the box office spends another weekend playing catch up. This weekend, the top 12 films at the box office took in $98.5 million, which pales against last year when Dumb and Dumber To led the box office to $129.6 million. Next weekend, things will turn again. The last of The Hunger Games films finally opens and is joined by Seth Rogen and friends with The Night Before, and the Julia Roberts film Secret In Their Eyes. It could be a very interesting frame.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/13/15-11/15/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Spectre Sony $35,400,000 - 50% $130,700,000
2 The Peanuts Movie Fox $24,200,000 - 45% $82,489,000
3 Love the Coopers Lionsgate $8,400,000 New $8,400,000
4 The Martian Fox $6,725,000 -26% $207,407,000
5 The 33 WARNER BROS. $5,845,000 New $5,845,000
6 Goosebumps $4,650,000 - 32% $73,487,000
7 Bridge of Spies Disney $4,289,000 - 26% $61,695,000
8 Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Fip $2,400,000 New $2,787,000
9 Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony $2,350,000 - 35% $165,245,000
10 The Last Witch Hunter Lionsgate $1,500,000 - 42% $26,076,579
11 Spotlight Open Road Films $1,398,405 + 374% $1,845,175
12 My All American Aviron Pictures $1,392,000 New $1,392,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  La Guerre Des Tuques 3d Eone $600,000 New $600,000
  By the Sea Universal $95,440 New $95,440
  James White The Film Arcade $12,120 New $12,120
  Miss You Already Roadside Attractions $200,000 - 64% $1,050,000
  Trumbo Bleecker Street $141,933 + 84% $247,894
  Brooklyn FOX SEARCHLIGHT $485,000 + 159% $833,000
  In Jackson Heights Zipporah Films $17,435 + 15% $45,896
  Burnt Weinstein Co. $1,146,000 - 60% $12,741,519
  Our Brand Is Crisis Palm Pictures $200,000 - 86% $6,850,000
  Heneral Luna Abramorama $36,376 - 58% $195,580
  Suffragette Focus Features $1,000,000 + 31% $2,544,280
  Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension Paramount $885,000 - 46% $17,782,000
  Room A24 $578,151 + 22% $2,287,446
  The Intern DreamWorks $1,230,000 - 29% $73,378,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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