'Spectre' Shows Staying Power, Heading for
Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Moviegoers are opting to stick with James Bond and Charlie Brown at North American multiplexes, with “Spectre” heading for $35 million in its second weekend.

The 24th Bondpic took in $10.2 million on Friday from 3,929 locations for Sony with a decline of about 50% from its opening weekend. Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” remained a solid draw with $5.6 million on Friday — portending a $24 million sophomore frame, or a 45% decline.

Holiday comedy “Love the Coopers” led the newcomers, heading for a third-place finish following a respectable $2.8 million Friday. That would give the CBS Films production, distributed in conjunction with Lionsgate, as much as $9 million opening at 2,603 sites — in line with or above recent forecasts.

Warner Bros.’ mining drama “The 33” showed only modest traction on Friday with $1.8 million at 2,452 sites, which projects to a modest $5 million for its opening frame with an A- Cinemascore from patrons. “The 33,” which centers on the 2010 rescue of Chilean miners, has taken in $4.9 in Chile and $3 million in Mexico.

Aviron Pictures’ football drama “My All American” generated only $520,000 at 1,565 locations, projecting to a $.1.5 million launch weekend. The film is playing strongest in the South and Texas and received an A Cinemascore.

Angelina Jolie Pitt’s marital drama “By the Sea,” with real-life husband Brad Pitt, opened fairly quietly in a limited release with a projected $132,000 at 10 theaters in major cities. Reviews for the $10 million film have been fairly unkind with a 32% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes aggregator site.

“Spectre” should close out the weekend near $130 million in its first 10 days. “Skyfall,” its immediate predecessor, slid 53% in its second weekend to $41 million on its way to a $304 million domestic total.

The Daniel Craig starrer has been even more impressive overseas, generating over $220 million with launches this weekend in China and France. Paris was hit by devastating terrorist attacks on Friday evening, leaving over 120 dead, and cinemas in Paris closed early Saturday afternoon.

“Spectre” should cross the $500 million mark worldwide by the end of this weekend with China expected to be particularly robust. The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions film carries a $250 million price tag and has to gross at least $650 million to break even.

Fox’s seventh weekend of “The Martian” should finish fourth in the U.S. with about $7 million, which should lift the Matt Damon sci-fier to nearly $210 million total on the domestic side.

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