Following a record-breaking overseas launch last week, Sony/Columbia and MGM report this morning that Spectre bowed to a strong $28 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $5.25 million early launch. That falls about 8 percent shy of Skyfall's $30.5 million opening Friday three years ago, although that excludes $2.2 million in Thursday night IMAX screenings at a time when those weren't regularly rolled into the Friday gross as they are with most films today. Spectre's first day did come in slightly ahead of Quantum of Solace's $27 million opening day, marking the second best in franchise history for the latest film. Compared to Skyfall, reviews have been mixed (particularly from American critics) for Daniel Craig's fourth outing as 007 with a 62 percent Rotten Tomatoes score as of Saturday morning. Unfortunately, word of mouth is also significantly more modest with a 72 percent Flixster score thus far; however, the studio reports a solid "A-" CinemaScore. The general consensus among casual audiences remains to be seen, but for now BoxOffice is projecting a $72.5 million opening weekend.
Also posting a great debut showing on Friday was Fox and Blue Sky's The Peanuts Movie. The long-awaited big screen adaptation of the hugely popular and influential series took in an estimated $12.1 million on opening day. That's close to the $12.3 million Happy Feet opened to in 2006 when it also shared opening day with a James Bond film (Casino Royale). Peanuts' first day was also just 10 percent behind Wreck-It Ralph's $13.5 million opening day three years ago, another nostalgia-driven animated pic. Very positive reviews (87 percent) and word of mouth (86 percent) indicate the film is poised for a great $43 million debut weekend and a very fruitful run ahead as it has the entire holiday season to continue playing with multiple generations' of fans.
Moving down to third place, The Martian eased 25.5 percent from last Friday to $2.59 million yesterday. With $190.35 million in the domestic bank, it has now passed the final lifetime total of Interstellar ($188 million). BoxOffice projects a $9.2 million weekend, marking another impressive hold considering the new competition in the marketplace.
Bridge of Spies claimed fourth place yesterday with $1.76 million, off just 29 percent from last Friday. The Spielberg-Hanks Cold War drama has capitalized on great word of mouth to now amass $50.65 million domestically since opening. Look for a weekend around $6 million.
In fifth place, Goosebumps was down 55 percent from last week to $1.675 million on Friday. That gives the adaptation $61.1 million in total so far. BoxOffice projects a $6.2 million weekend.
Among notable platform releases this weekend, Open Road and Participant Media's Spotlight bowed to a strong $90,000 from 5 locations on Friday -- giving it an $18,000 per-theater average for opening day alone. Lauded to be a major awards contender, the film could take in around $280,000 this weekend as it hopes to build momentum in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Brookyln posted $51,560 from 5 locations on opening day Friday. That represents a healthy $10,312 per-theater average. Look for a weekend around $150,000.
Opening day figures for Trumbo were not yet reported at the time of publishing. It also bowed in 5 locations this weekend.