'Spectre' looms again in relatively slow box office weekend

|By:, SA News Editor

With a weak midseason slate as competition, Bond film Spectre (SNE +0.5%) again had to contend mainly with The Peanuts Movie kids (FOX +2%, FOXA +2.1%) before prevailing for the second straight weekend.

Spectre drew $35.4M, bringing its cumulative domestic take to $130.7M, while Charlie Brown and friends pulled $24M (hitting $82.3M total) for the second spot.

The best debut came from inexpensive holiday comedy Love the Coopers (CBS +2.1%, LGF distributing), taking the No. 3 spot with $8.4M, just ahead of Fox's The Martian, which brought its domestic total to $207.4M in its seventh week. That film moved into seventh place among the year's top grossers.

The weekend overall was down 23% Y/Y, a mild lull before the release of the final Hunger Games film from Lionsgate next week.

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