Victor Frankenstein: Artistic and Commercial Flop

Fox’s Victor Frankenstein was dead upon arrival, after earning a torpid $3.4 million from 2,797 theaters over its first five days.

The attempt to revive Mary Shelley’s monster story cost $40 million to produce and starred James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

Alongside Steve Jobs and The 33, it stands as one of the year’s biggest flops.

Bond: Spectre

“Spectre” took in $18.2 million, driving its domestic earnings to $176.1 million. The film has now grossed more than two of Daniel Craig’s previous James Bond outings, “Casino Royale” ($167.4 million) and “Quantum of Solace” ($168.4 million), but seems unlikely to match the high-water mark set by “Skyfall” ($304.4 million).

“The Peanuts Movie” wasn’t completely overshadowed by “The Good Dinosaur.” The adaptation of the Charles Schulz comic strip picked up $13.6 million, pushing its total to $116.6 million.

Danish Girl

Among art house releases, Focus Features premiered “The Danish Girl,” a drama about a transgender artist who undergoes one of the first sex change operations, in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. It grossed an estimated $185,000, for a solid per-theater average of $46,250.

Carol

The Weinstein Company appears to be scoring with “Carol.” The romance about two lesbians pushing against conformity in the 1950s made $203,000 from four theaters over five days.  After two weeks, the film has generated $588,000. The film won’t go wide until January.

Open Road’s “Spotlight,” the widely acclaimed drama about the Boston Globe’s investigation of pedophile priests, continued to perform well in its expansion. The Oscar contender added $5.7 million to its $12 million haul after moving from 600 to 897 locations.

Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn” also used the holiday period to broaden its footprint. The story of an Irish immigrant making her way in 1950s New York took in $4.8 million after increasing from 598 to 897 locations. It has made $7.3 million in its first three weeks.