Big North America debut for latest James Bond film Spectre

British actor Daniel Craig poses for photographers at a photocall for the new James Bond film Spectre in Berlin.
British actor Daniel Craig poses for photographers at a photocall for the new James Bond film Spectre in Berlin. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES(AFP) - The new James Bond movie Spectre overcame lukewarm reviews to triumph at the North American box office, earning a whopping US$73 million (S$103.72 billion) on its debut weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The star-studded spy thriller - with Daniel Craig as the dashing secret agent, Italian beauty Monica Bellucci and Oscar-winning Austrian star Christoph Waltz as the villain - was among the most anticipated films of the year.

Computer-animated 3D cartoon The Peanuts Movie - the first big screen rendering in 35 years for the beloved comic book characters - sold an estimated US$45 million in tickets to debut in second place, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Third place went to The Martian, which has generated serious Oscar buzz for lead actor Matt Damon, who plays a NASA scientist accidentally left on the Red Planet.

The Martian solidified its blockbuster status with an estimated US$9.3 million in weekend ticket sales, for a whopping US$197.1 million in the six weeks since its release.

Goosebumps, the family-friendly action-comedy based on a series of books by RL Stine, earned US$6.97 million for fourth place.

Steven Spielberg's well-received Cold War drama Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks was in fifth with US$6.1 million.

The rest of the top 10 were: 6. "Hotel Transylvania 2" (US$3.55 million) 7. "Burnt" (US$3.0 million) 8. "The Last Witch Hunter" (US$2.65 million) 9. "Crimson Peak" (US$1.82 million) 10. "The Intern" (US$1.81 million).

Final figures are released on Monday.