Releasing two films in a year for the first time has proved a successful one for Pixar, as the studio’s latest animated hits have earned the most nominations for the upcoming 43rd Annie Awards.
A trio of new wide releases weren’t enough to take down Katniss Everdeen, as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 led the Thanksgiving weekend box office.
The saga of Katniss Everdeen came to a close this weekend as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opened to an estimated $101 million.
Katniss Everdeen is about to make her final box office bow, capping off a film franchise whose first three installments brought in a whopping $2.3 billion worldwide.
Spectre and The Peanuts Movie spent their second weekends at the top of the charts once again, besting a trio of new wide releases.
After a lackluster October at the box office, Spectre and The Peanuts Movie ushered in the holiday movie season last weekend, debuting to $70.4 million and $44.2 million respectively. Both are expected to hang on to their first and second-place spots this weekend, besting newcomers The 33 and Love The Coopers.
Here’s how this weekend’s top five at the box office might play out:
1. Spectre — $32.4 million
After a few lackluster weekends in a row, James Bond helped to shake (and stir) the box office, opening to an estimated $73 million for the second biggest Bond debut of all time.
With a string of recent comedy hits to his name and a Peanuts obsession that dates back to his childhood, Paul Feig was a natural choice to shepherd Blue Sky Studios’ new film based on Charles Schulz’s legendary comic strip. But there was another factor that made Feig right for his role as producer.
Feig recalls that Bryan Schulz, the grandson of the Peanuts creator and the film’s co-writer, was a big fan of his cult TV show, Freaks and Geeks.
After a series of lackluster openings, the October box office went out with a whimper. Halloween marked the worst weekend of the entire year, and the month’s final tally was off 50 percent from October 2014’s grosses. Fortunately, James Bond and Charlie Brown are here to usher in November and inject a little life into the fall movie season.
Both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie are eyeing big openings, and the only question is how high they both will go. Here’s how this weekend’s box office might shape up:
The Academy has announced that 16 animated movies have been submitted for the Best Animated Film Oscar, including Inside Out, The Peanuts Movie, and Anomalisa.
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