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Spectre remains on top in US as Jolie-Pitt's By The Sea sinks


Story by Jack Foley

SPECTRE has remained on top of the US box office for the second weekend in a row, taking $35.4 million.

The victory wasn’t unexpected given that 007’s greatest challenger was also last week’s main rival, family offering The Peanuts Movie. None of the weekend’s new releases were expected to pose much of a threat, given that they ranged from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s art-house offering By The Sea to Chilean mining drama The 33.

Faith-based football film My All American also struggled to muster the same kind of numbers as previous Christian-themed movies.

The $35.4 million taken by Spectre means that the US total for the 24th James Bond movie now stands at $130.7 million. World-wide, meanwhile, its box office has now reached nearly $550 million, including a $48 million opening weekend in China.

Back in the US, Snoopy revival The Peanuts Movie only dropped off 45% to make $24.2 million, meaning its US haul now stands at $82.5 million – an impressive return for this adaptation of Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip about Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

Of the weekend’s new releases, Christmas-themed family dramedy Love The Coopers fared best with $8.4 million, buoyed by a star-studded cast that includes Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin.

But star presence could not, on the other hand, save By The Sea, a European art-house influenced look at marital dysfunction featuring real-life couple the Pitts. The film grossed only $95,440 from 10 sites in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Boston and Washington.

The 33, which recreates the 2010 rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners, took $5.8 million and came in fifth spot overall, one place behind holdover space epic The Martian, which took $6.7 million. The real-life rescue flick had expected to open in the $8-10 million range.

Another true story, the Christian-based film My All American, which recalls the story of college football player Freddie Steinmark whose career is derailed due to medical setbacks, earned a lowly $1.4 million.

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