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Box Office: ‘Spectre’ earns second highest Bond opening ever

James Bond is back!

This weekend at the box office, the new James Bond film Spectre opened to an estimated $73 million; this is the second biggest Bond movie debut ever.

Spectre opened in 3,972 theaters (the widest Bond film release of all time) and only fell short of Skyfall’s $88.4 million record in November 2012. Despite coming in second to Skyfall, the latest Bond installment was the seventh largest opening of the year and beat out Quantum of Solace’s $67.5 million opening.

However, Spectre has broken several international records, including beating Skyfall for the biggest seven-day U.K. opening ever, Entertainment Weekly reports. The movie, which includes Skyfall director Sam Mendes and 007 Daniel Craig, also got an A- CinemaScore despite OK reviews.

This adventure follows Bond when he finds a cryptic message that leads him on an adventure to uncover a sinister organization and works to reveal SPECTRE. The movie features the new theme song from Sam Smith Writing’s On The Wall.

As for the rest of the box office…

The Peanuts Movie had a solid debut, bringing in roughly $45 million. The retelling of Charles M. Schulz’s classic comic strip received an awesome A CinemaScore. And the big debut may have affected Spectre’s. Because hey, Skyfall didn’t have any competitors.

The MartianGoosebumps and Bridge of Spies rounded out the top five this week. The Martian held up a lot better than expected in its sixth week with $9.3 million, falling only 21 percent from last week. As of now, its domestic total stands at $197.1 million, passing up Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation to become the seventh largest film of the year.

The family-friendly film Goosebumps earned approximately $7 million in its fourth weekend for a total of $66.5 million. And Bridge of Spies earned $6.1 million in its fourth weekend for a total of $55 million domestically.

This weekend brought in an estimated $163 million, which is more than double of last weekend’s Halloween total. Here is this weekend’s top five:

  1. Spectre–$73 million
  2. The Peanuts Movie–$45 million
  3. The Martian–$9.3 million
  4. Goosebumps–$7 million
  5. Bridge of Spies–$6.1 million

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com