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There was little movement on the box office charts as last week’s champs ‘Spectre’ and ‘The Peanuts Movie’ held onto the #1 and #2 spots respectively.  The latest Bond movie collected another $35.4 million while that perennial family favorites held strong with $24.2M.  No other movies this weekend even came close.

Here are the Top Five:

  1. Spectre (Sony) – $35.4M
  2. The Peanuts Movie (20th Century Fox) – $24,2M
  3. Love The Coopers (Lionsgate) – $8.4M
  4. The Martian (20th Century Fox) – $6.72M
  5. The 33 (Warner Brothers) – $5.8M

It may have been a bit premature to release a Christmas movie already, as Lionsgate’s ‘Love The Coopers’ landed with “such a clatter.”  Dismal reviews and the fact that this movie– which stars Diane Keaton and John Goodman– has no appeal outside the U.S. means that the studio may have trouble recouping its modest $18M budget.

On the flip side, while true story ‘The 33’ about 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for over 70 days didn’t exactly do stellar numbers, the film is garnering award season buzz which may spur additional attention over time and is performing well overseas.

Speaking of overseas audiences, Bollywood romp “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” scored $2.4M, landing at #8 which is pretty phenomenal for a foreign language film and it’s doing even better abroad; it’s the #2 movie at the box office world wide.

Next week sees the release of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ the fourth and final installment in the blockbuster franchise based on the hit YA book series.  All of these movies have been massive and the final should be no different.  The only thing that may hurt it is a little movie coming out in a month, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’  Entertainment Weekly released a double size issue dedicated to the J.J. Abrams reboot and the news revealed within has flooded most media outlets (including this one), essentially drowning out ‘Mockingjay’ on the eve of its release.

Next week will also see the release of a second Christmas-themed comedy ‘The Night Before’ starring Seth Rogan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie as well as award season bait ‘Secret In Their Eyes’, while another likely awards favorite ‘Spotlight’ goes wide after a limited release.

‘Mockingjay’ will surely take the top spot, but by how much?  And how will it fare compared to the previous films in the series?  Check back next week to find out!

Source: Rentrak