Spectre has continued to top the North American box office in its second week of release.
The 24th James Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig, made $35.4 million between November 13 and 15, according to estimates.
The Peanuts Movie held firm at No 2, with takings of $24.2 million.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt drama By the Sea failed to make a splash, taking just $95,440 at 10 screens.
The European art house film stars the real-life couple as a husband and wife struggling to cope in the aftermath of a trauma. The movie was also directed by Angelina Jolie – her third time at the helm of a movie – and the actress also wrote the script.
By the Sea, which marks the first time Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have appeared together on the big screen since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005, has been generally panned by critics.
Despite its poor takings, By the Sea’s limited release is thought unlikely to hurt its film company, Universal, too much since it was made for a relatively modest budget of $10 million.
Spectre‘s takings fell 50% in its second weekend, bringing its North American total to $130.7 million.
That is well behind the $161 million earned by its predecessor Skyfall over the same period.
The Peanuts Movie – the family-friendly adaptation of the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy – saw its second weekend takings drop by 45%, bringing its total in the US to $82.5 million.
The rest of the top five saw Love the Coopers, an ensemble comedy about a family gathering starring Diane Keaton and Alan Arkin, enter the chart at number three with $8.4 million.
Old release The Martian dropped one place to No 4, while at number five was another new release, The 33.
The 33, based on the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, took $5.8 million from 2,452 theaters.
Daniel Craig has had knee surgery after an injury sustained while shooting scenes for new James Bond movie Spectre.
Eon Productions said Daniel Craig, 47, had had a “minor procedure” in New York during a break in production over Easter.
A spokeswoman denied reports Daniel Craig had missed several days of filming on the 24th James Bond movie.
“During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood,” she said.
Filming on Spectre began at Pinewood Studios, in Buckinghamshire, last December, and has since moved to Rome and Mexico.
It is Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as the secret service agent, and follows the success of 2012’s Skyfall, which made $1.1 billion worldwide.
Spectre features Christoph Waltz plays a character called Oberhauser – which, in the novels, is the name of James Bond’s former skiing instructor. However, it has been rumored the actor will be revealed as James Bond’s old nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld was the “number one” in Spectre, an international crime syndicate which last featured in the Sean Connery-era films.
Idris Elba has responded to rumors of becoming the next James Bond after Sony attack.
The actor has said he’s done nothing to deny the rumors.
“Isn’t 007 supposed to [be] handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people,” Idris Elba tweeted, along with a picture of himself.
Current star, Daniel Craig, is committed to just one more movie.
Reports about the leaked Sony Pictures Entertainment emails suggest that a message from chairman Amy Pascal read: “Idris should be the next Bond.”
Amy Pascal was thought to be emailing Elizabeth Cantillon, the former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures – which distributes the Bond franchise.
There has been no confirmation from Sony Pictures that the actor will be the next 007.
Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh criticized the rumors, saying that because the original author Ian Fleming wrote James Bond as “a white [man] from Scotland”, the character should not be played by a black actor.
“That’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out,” he said.
Idris Elba, 42, has previously said he would like to play James Bond.
Daniel Craig is currently filming upcoming James Bond movie, Spectre.
A version of the script for the new James Bond film, Spectre, has been stolen by hackers during last month’s attack on Sony Pictures.
The producers of Spectre have confirmed that the screenplay was taken as part of a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November.
In a statement on the film’s official website, Eon Productions said they were concerned the script may be published online.
Spectre is due to be released in November 2015.
The statement said: “Eon Productions, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film SPECTRE is amongst the material stolen and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system.
“Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents.”
Filming for Spectre began this month after the title and cast were unveiled in London.
A new car was shown off, but few details were given about the plot for the film.
A Sony spokesman denied reports that the cyber attack had forced the studio to stop production.
“Productions are still moving forward,” Robert Lawson told the Reuters news agency.
The James Bond franchise is a valuable asset for Sony Pictures, with Skyfall making $1.1 billion worldwide.
On November 24 hackers disabled the computer network at California-based Sony Pictures.
They also released salary and Social Security numbers for thousands of Sony employees – including celebrities
North Korea has denied being behind the attack in retaliation for a film depicting the country’s leader but praised it as a “righteous deed”. The FBI has confirmed that it is investigating.
Actor, dancer and choreographer Geoffrey Holder, known as Baron Samedi in Bond movie Live and Let Die, has died at 84.
Born in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, Geoffrey Holder was also a composer, a designer and a celebrated painter.
Geoffrey Holder will be best remembered to many as the cackling Voodoo villain who dogged Roger Moore’s footsteps in his first outing as secret agent James Bond.
His other films included 1982 musical Annie, in which he played Punjab.
Often cast in exotic roles, Geoffrey Holder played a tribal chieftain in 1967 film Doctor Dolittle and a sorcerer in Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know AboutS** (But Were Afraid to Ask).
Geoffrey Holder is known as Baron Samedi in Bond movie Live and Let Die
More recently, his distinctive bass voice was heard narrating Tim Burton’s 2005 film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Geoffrey Holder, one of four children, was taught to dance by his older brother Boscoe, joining his dance company at the age of seven.
He became director of the company in the late 1940s after Boscoe moved to London, before moving to the US in 1954.
Geoffrey Holder made his Broadway debut that same year in House of Flowers, a Caribbean-themed musical in which he first played Baron Samedi.
A top-hated spirit of death in Haitian Voodoo culture, the character made full use of the actor’s imposing physique and physical dexterity.
Geoffrey Holder won two Tony Awards for best costume design and musical direction in the original Broadway production of The Wiz, an all-black version of The Wizard of Oz. He also appeared in an all-black version of Waiting for Godot.
According to a family spokesman, Geoffrey Holder died on Sunday, October 4, in New York from complications caused by pneumonia, He is survived by his wife, Carmen de Lavallade, and their son Leo.
Bond villain Richard Kiel has died in hospital in Fresno, California, on September 10 at the age of 74.
Richard Kiel played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979.
A spokeswoman for Saint Agnes Medical Center confirmed Richard Kiel’s death, but did not reveal the cause.
The 7ft 2in actor also appeared in the sports comedy Happy Gilmore, starring Adam Sandler, in 1996.
Richard Kiel made his name as cable-chomping henchman Jaws opposite Roger Moore as 007.
Roger Moore said he was “totally distraught” at the death of his co-star.
“We were on a radio program together just a week ago,” said Roger Moore.
Richard Kiel played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979
The former Bond star added: “[I] can’t take it in.”
The character of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me was originally intended to die at the end of the movie, but he was so popular with fans that Richard Kiel was brought back to reprise the role in Moonraker.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Richard Kiel had the hormonal condition acromegaly, which was said to have contributed to his height.
His first break came in 1959 when he played the alien Kanamit in Twilight Zone.
Richard Kiel published an autobiography in 2002, called Making It Big In The Movies.
His many other acting roles included deadly assistant Voltaire in the 1960s TV series The Wild, Wild West; playing opposite William Shatner in the 1970s TV sitcom Barbary Coast; taking on the lead character of Eli Weaver in the movie The Giant of Thunder Mountain; and spoofing his most famous role as “Famous big guy with silver teeth” in the movie version of Inspector Gadget.
In recent years, Richard Kiel also spent much of his time touring the world and appearing at conventions to meet Bond fans.
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