A reunion of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt onscreen wasn’t enough to keep “By the Sea” from sinking at the box office. During its debut over the weekend, the moody period piece took in $95,440 from 10 theaters; meanwhile “Spectre,” in its second week in theaters topped the competition with $35.3 million domestically.
“‘By the Sea’ is clearly a passion project for Jolie and Pitt and given the subject matter and the very limited release, it certainly was never destined to be a huge hit and I don’t believe the box office performance in any way is a reflection on their collective star power, but rather a reflection of the nature of the film itself,” Rentrak’s Paul Dergarabedian, a Hollywood analyst, explained to The Hollywood Reporter.
Also in its second week, “The Peanuts Movie” followed behind “Spectre” with $24.2 million and in its weekend debut, holiday family film “Love the Coopers” earned $8.4 million, coming in third place.
“The Martian” continues to lure moviegoers in its seventh week in theaters, bringing in $6.7 million (taking in $200 million domestically since its debut), and “The 33” opened to $5.8 million from 2,452 theaters, rounding out the top five at the box office.