After a few weeks of disappointing returns at the box office, Charlie Brown and James Bond moved in to save the day once again. Both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie were released this past weekend, and both films brought in a lot of money.
But which one is king? James Bond, of course. The latest James Bond film was released in almost 4,000 theaters, bringing home $73 million in its opening weekend. It’s the second-highest debut in the series, coming up just a little short of Skyfall‘s massive $88.4 million opening.
And while $73 million is an impressive number, the fine folks behind the movie might be a little disappointed. Tracking suggested the film could bring in as much as $80 million during the weekend; however, the strength of The Peanuts Movie combined with some poor reviews from critics hurt Mr. Bond just a bit.
Speaking of The Peanuts Movie, how much did it bring in? $45 million. If the movie continues to do well, this could open the door for more Charlie Brown features in the future. Not only was the film a hit with the audience, but critics also loved it, scoring a great 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fox’s distribution chief, Chris Aronson, told Variety the following when asked about the potential franchise in the making.
“The audience will determine that, but I certainly hope so. Peanuts’ has such a relatable and positive message and that could serve the world today.”
If you didn’t get a chance to see the movie over the weekend, be sure to check it out this week! It’s delightful.