Bond and Charlie Brown hold places at N. American box office
THE new James Bond movie Spectre stayed atop the North American box office revenue tally in its second week in cinemas, bringing in US$35.4 million (S$50.3 million), industry estimates showed Sunday.
The star-studded spy thriller - with Daniel Craig as the dashing secret agent, Italian beauty Monica Bellucci and Oscar-winning Austrian star Christoph Waltz as the villain - has taken in US$130.7 million in its first two weeks. It was among the most anticipated films of the year.
Computer-animated 3D cartoon The Peanuts Movie - the first big screen rendering in 35 years for the beloved comic book characters - sold an estimated US$24.2 million in tickets to stay in second place in its second week, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. Its two-week total was US$82.5 million.
The comedy Love the Coopers - about a four-generation Christmas Eve family celebration that turns wacky and ultimately touching - debuted in third place with US$8.4 million.
Fourth place went to The Martian, which has generated serious Oscar buzz for lead actor Matt Damon, who plays a Nasa scientist accidentally left on the Red Planet. The Martian solidified its blockbuster status with an estimated US$6.7 million in weekend ticket sales, for a whopping US$207.4 million in the seven weeks since its release.
The 33, about 33 Chilean miners trapped 700m underground for 69 days in 2010, debuted in fifth place with US$5.8 million. It stars Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche.
The rest of the top 10 were Goosebumps, Bridge Of Spies, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Last Witch Hunter.