Two classic pop culture icons are entering the box office fray this weekend, and while one is guaranteed to hit the top, it should be very interesting to see how the other performs. Here are our predictions:
Spectre is set to be the final film in which Daniel Craig plays 007 James Bond. In this film, he’s up against Christoph Waltz as classic Bond villain Blofeld. The film’s budget is reportedly close to $300 million, so the movie is really going to have to perform well around the world to justify the dollars. Rotten Tomatoes has Spectre currently listed at just 65% Fresh, which is not the sort of numbers you want for such an expensive movie. However, it has already pulled in $80 million overseas in just a few days, an excellent start. Look for a first place debut this weekend for Spectre with $76 million.
Also opening this weekend to the my excitement, along with my daughter’s, is The Peanuts Movie, a 3D, computer generated romp through the world Charles Schulz created more than 50 years ago. It’s been decades since Charlie Brown, Snoopy and company had a big screen adventure, and the film should find an eager audience. Reviews have suggested that The Peanuts Movie might be a little slow compared to other animated kids films, so it will certainly be interesting to see how the weekend plays out. Look for a second place showing with $42 million.
As for the rest of the top five, The Martian will drop third place with $9 million. Goosebumps will land in fourth place with $6 million, while Bridge of Spies will close things out in fifth place with $5.5 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Spectre – $76 million
2) The Peanuts Movie – $42 million
3) The Martian – $9 million
4) Goosebumps – $6 million
5) Bridge of Spies – $5.5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!