‘Spectre’ has 2nd biggest Bond opening ever; dominates weekend box office

Photo credit: MGM and Columbia Pictures

Daniel Craig’s fourth go-round as James Bond went off without a hitch as Spectre obliterated the competition to easily take the top spot at the weekend box office.

Spectre’s $73 million take marks the second highest-grossing for a Bond film after Skyfall, which opened to over $88 million back in 2012. The week’s other big opening belonged to The Peanuts Movie, which brought in $45 million..

The great start of both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie serve as a sigh of relief for the film industry, which saw last week’s box office tally the worst of the entire year.

“It’s a great story, James Bond and Charlie Brown, two iconic characters over 50 years old,” says movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “It took Bond and Brown to get the box office back on track.”

Spectre’s $73 million and Peanuts‘ $45 million led the resurgent box office at one and two, though no other films were able to earn more than $10 million. The Martian was finally nudged out of the top spot and fell to No. 3 this week, taking in an additional $9.3 million. Jack Black’s Goosebumps dropped down to fourth with a $6.9 million draw. And rounding out the top five is the Tom Hanks Cold War centered drama, Bridge of Spies, which brought in another $6 million.

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below:

1. Spectre – $73M

2. The Peanuts Movie – $45M

3. The Martian$9.3M

4. Goosebumps – $6.9M

5. Bridge of Spies – $6M

6. Hotel Transylvania 2  – $3.5M

7. Burnt  – $3M

8. The Last Witch Hunter $2.6M

9. The Intern  – $1.8M

10. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension $1.6M

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