Veterans Day provided a boost for distributors at the box office as Sony/MGM/Eon’s Spectre led all films with an estimated $7.9M at 3,929 locations repping an 8% hike over Tuesday and bringing its six-day cume to $90.9M. That figure is a little more than what Skyfall, with previews, opened to in its first weekend with $90.6M, which means Spectre is three days behind at the B.O. next to its predecessor or $23.75M. Can it catch up through the holidays to Skyfall‘s final stateside haul of $304.4M? This weekend, industry projections believe that Spectre will ease 45%-50% for a second weekend take of $35M-$39M. Between Monday and Tuesday, Spectre posted a 38% uptick.
20th Century Fox had a double whammy in spots 2 and 3 between The Peanuts Movie, which made $7.8M at 3,897 venues, up 155% from Tuesday with a six-day total of $56.8M, and The Martian which cleared the $200M mark. The film already became Ridley Scott’s highest grossing film of all-time last Friday when it beat his Gladiator ($187.7M).
While most films saw double-digit percent gains between their Veterans Day takes and Tuesday, Sony’s family fare saw triple-digit hikes. Goosebumps took in $1.4M, up 159% for a cume in the middle of its fourth week of $68.6M, while Hotel Transylvania 2, with $920K surged 224% with a running cume in its seventh week of $162.7M.