Three new wide releases will hit theaters this Friday, but James Bond will judo chop them all. For Sony/MGM/Eon’s Spectre, a No. 1 opening weekend is not enough, so it’s going to take No. 1 again in its second go-round with $35M-$39M, a dip that’s between -45% and -50% per industry projections. That will make it the first Daniel Craig 007 title of the four to hold No. 1 for two weekends in a row. Spectre‘s sophomore hold will likely best the second frames of Skyfall (-54%) and Quantum Of Solace (-60%), both of which respectively braved Twilight and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Through five-days, Spectre has collected $83M, which is 24% behind Skyfall at the same point in time.
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Overseas Spectre will continue to steamroll into France, China, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Those five territories alone rang up over $220M of Skyfall‘s $804M foreign tally.
20th Century Fox’s The Peanuts Movie is also going to bat away the new competition which includes Warner Bros./Alcon’s Chilean miner drama The 33, CBS Films’ holiday comedy Love The Coopers and Clarius Entertainment’s My All American, a majority of which will not crack $10M. Peanuts will continue to churn out gold nuggets in its second sesh with an estimated mid $20M haul from a -35% to -40% decline. Currently, Lucy is counting plenty of nickels from Peanuts: $49M through yesterday.
Both Spectre and Peanuts are looking forward to Veterans Day boosts at the B.O. today thanks to schools being off, that is unless moviegoers get snowed in or caught up in a tornado.
Alcon’s The 33, which recounts the 2010 rescue mission, is going out in 2,452 locations, with a heavy concentration in Hispanic markets like Florida, Texas and the deep South. Warner Bros. is releasing the film in both subtitled and Spanish-language versions. The film, which stars Antonio Banderas Lou Diamond Phillips and Juliette Binoche, also targeted faith-based groups in middle America. With an estimated cost of $26M, The 33 is expected to bring in $8M per industry projections. Alcon covers P&A and Warner Bros. gets a distribution fee. Already, the film has made $12.7M from such Latin America playdates in Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico and Ecuador. The 33 debuted at the AFI Film Festival on Monday and to date has a 40% Rotten Tomatoes score. No Thursday night previews on this one. Alcon and WB extended their output deal through 2019 last week.
CBS Films is chasing after older women with its all-star comedy Love The Coopers in a way that they pursued older men two Novembers ago with Last Vegas. That film opened to $16.3M and then posted a 3.9X with a final cume of $63.9M. CBS isn’t expecting those high opening figures for Coopers, but a similar multiple trajectory, gaining a boost through the Thanksgiving holiday. CBS insiders have the film at $6-8M, but the industry thinks it’s higher at $8M-$10M. Coopers will start the holiday feast early with some Thursday previews. Pic cost an estimated $17M-$18M. CBS Films gets a break on its marketing spend, thanks to promos on its mother TV network, whose 50+ audience is a prime demo for this Diane Keaton-John Goodman-Ed Helms-Marisa Tomei-Amanda Seyfried-Anthony Mackie (the list goes on…) comedy. There have been advance screenings geared toward some faith-based and military audiences. Love The Coopers follows four generations of a family getting together for their Christmas Eve celebration, which is always filled with unexpected events and guests.
Lastly, there’s Clarius Entertainment’s My All American which marks the feature directorial debut of Angelo Pizzo, the writer behind Rudy and Hoosiers. It’s expected to make $3M-$4M at 1,565 locations. There’s also been a strong push with the faith-based in flyover states with this title as well, and the anticipation is that any dollar that My All American makes, is a dollar less that The 33 generates given some overlap in their key demos. My All American is based on the true story of legendary UT Austin football Coach Darrell Royal and his key player Freddie Steinmark, who was an underdog turned champion. The film stars Finn Wittrock of American Horror Story and Unbroken fame as well as Aaron Eckhart and Robin Tunney.
On the specialty scene, Open Road’s Spotlight is expanding from five playdates in Boston, New York and Los Angeles to 61. Universal is rolling out Angelina Jolie’s prestige Euro-set romance directorial By the Sea. One trade exclaimed that Spectre is going to hold By the Sea off. Um, By the Sea isn’t even in the running to rival Spectre. By the Sea is opening limited in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C before going wider on Nov. 20. The film was made for $10M. It will be a miracle if it even makes that much at the box office. Despite By the Sea‘s visual splendor (it was shot in Malta) Critics loathe the film at 28% rotten.
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