‘Spectre’ Shatters Box Office Records with Huge U.K. Haul

     November 1, 2015


We all knew Spectre was going to open big at the box office. The question was “How big?” While the film has yet to open in dozens of territories worldwide, it debuted last Friday and has already made its mark on the record books.

THR reports that the in the U.K., the film hold the record for biggest seven-day opening of all time with $63.8 million, which is part of its current worldwide haul of $80.4 million. It helps that it’s the widest release of all time for the U.K., opening on 2,500 screens in 647 theaters.


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The movie is also performing outside of the U.K. The $3.7 million opening in the Netherlands has surpassed Skyfall, and including previews, it has raked in $3.9 million to date. In Denmark, the movie has set the three-day opening record with $4.2 million.

Spectre is also making an impact on IMAX. It’s become the first film in history “to cross $100,000 in terms of location average, or $105,000 from 47 theaters.”

The question remains how it will do for the U.S. Skyfall opened to $88 million three years ago, and analysts believe that Spectre can do similar business. Keep in mind that Skyfall had outstanding reviews and superb word-of-mouth, so that will be a contributing factor as well.

And at the end of its run, will Spectre eclipse the $1,108.6 earned by Skyfall? If we’ve learned anything from Bond over the past 53 years, it’s that we should never count him out.

Specter opens in the U.S. this Friday, and stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz.


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Here’s the official synopsis:

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal.  Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.


Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.


As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.


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