By Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford James Bond and Charlie Brown’s gang re-energized the North American box office after a dismal few weekends. SPECTRE launched to $73 million from 3,972 theaters, the second-biggest opening for any film in the iconic spy franchise, and one of the top showings of the year to date. Globally, SPECTRE took in nearly $200 million for the weekend for an early worldwide cume north of $300 million. The Peanuts Movie, looking to launch a new family film franchise, opened to $45 million from 3,897 locations, a solid start considering newer generations aren’t necessarily familiar with the late Charles M. Schulz’s famous comic strip.
Release date: Nov. 6, 2015 Written by: Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Paul Feig, Michael J. Travers Director: Steve Martino Starring: Noah Schnapp as Charlie Brown Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock Hadley Belle Miller as Lucy van Pelt
Before Howard Stern came along, Charles M. Schulz held the title of King of All Media. Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, you couldn’t escape the Minnesota-born cartoonist’s groundbreaking creation, Peanuts, and its signature character, underdog extraordinaire, Charlie Brown. Not only was it the most popular comic strip in the nation, but it also spawned a steady stream of television specials (including enduring classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown), a Broadway show (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and a number of jazzy albums (Jazz Impressions Of a Boy Named Charlie Brown).
‘The Peanuts Movie’ (Blue Sky Animation/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation via AP) By Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter You did it, Charlie Brown! Going where many before him have stumbled and fallen, Charles M. Schulz’s iconic, follicly-challenged underdog has made a notably smooth transition to computer-animated 3D with The Peanuts Movie, a delightful romp that captures the spirit of the adored 65-year-old comic strip. It’s evident from the very start—with Schroeder accompanying the Fox fanfare on his baby, baby grand—that those who may have initially cried “Good grief!”
Snoopy first assumed the guise of the World War I Flying Ace in a Peanuts comic strip from October 1965, donning vintage aviator hat, scarf, and goggles to take on the Red Baron from atop his doghouse. A year later, in the classic TV special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the beagle’s alter ego made its screen debut. The Peanuts Movie represents Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the gang’s CGI debut and first theatrical outing since 1980’s Boy Voyage, Charlie Brown. After careful consideration, the film was green-lit by the family of the late Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz — made under the guidance of his son, Craig Schulz, one of the film’s writers and producers, and grandson Bryan Schulz, a co-writer.