New Bond film 'Spectre' tops North American box office

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London, Greater London, UNITED KINGDOM: (FILES) A picture taken on October 26, 2015 shows British actor Daniel Craig arriving for the world premiere of the new James Bond film 007 Spectre at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Daniel Craig will play for the fourth time James Bond, the main character in the movie 007 Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes and released in France on November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

November 10, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The new James Bond movie "Spectre" had a softer opening than expected at the North American box office, raking in $70.4 million at the weekend, industry figures showed Monday.

Sony had projected that the 24th film in the spy series -- with Daniel Craig as the dashing secret agent, Italian beauty Monica Bellucci and Oscar-winning Austrian star Christoph Waltz as the villain -- would earn $73 million.

Worldwide, the film has earned some $300 million, with industry experts saying it needs to make $650 million to break even.

The previous instalment of the James Bonds series -- "Skyfall" -- earned $88.4 million when it opened.

"Spectre" faced stiff competition from computer animated 3D cartoon "The Peanuts Movie" -- the first big screen rendering in 35 years for the beloved comic characters -- which sold $44.2 million in tickets to debut in second place, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Third place went to "The Martian" -- $9 million in ticket sales -- which has generated serious Oscar buzz for lead actor Matt Damon, who plays a NASA scientist accidentally left on the Red Planet.

The movie has earned a whopping $197 million in the six weeks since its release.

"Goosebumps", the family-friendly action-comedy based on a series of books by R.L. Stine, earned $6.8 million for fourth place.

Steven Spielberg's well-received Cold War drama "Bridge of Spies" starring Tom Hanks was in fifth with $5.8 million.

The rest of the top 10 are:

6. "Hotel Transylvania 2" ($3.6 million)

7. "Burnt" ($2.9 million)

8. "The Last Witch Hunter" ($2.6 million )

9. "Crimson Peak" ($1.16 million)

10. "The Intern" ($1.73 million)