Knowing that we’re getting to see Spectre almost last in the entire world already hurts real bad, but now just to add insult to injury it appears that everybody in Europe and their dog ]has gone to see it already. Well, maybe if they allowed dogs in cinemas that statement could be 100% factually correct, but lets just say that a lot of people have already watched James Bond’s latest adventure. Enough people for the movie to have already toppled several box office records.
In the UK the film officially debuted on Monday, pulling in £4.13 million ($6.4 million) on opening day which was neck and neck with its record-setting predecessor Skyfall – which eventually went on to become the highest grossing James Bond film of all time with $1.1 billion globally. And it looks like Spectre is on point to top that as it has since racked up £41.7 million ($63.8 million) in its first seven days of release, bettering Skyfall‘s tally for the same period and also absolutely shattering the previous record set by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban which was also released on a Monday to a £23.882 million seven day haul.
In addition to the UK, Spectre has also opened in five other European territories, and has since brought in a combined total of $80.4 million from all of them, with records being broken in just about every individual region. In the Netherlands, Spectre took in 3.3 million Euro ($3.7 million), beating the record previously set by Skyfall, while in the Scandinavian regions, similar toppling of Skyfall‘s records in Norway and Finland drove it to a combined total of $12.7 million haul. Over in Denmark it had the biggest three-day opening ever in the country’s box office history, while in Sweden it exceeded the previous record also set by Skyfall by a whopping 30%!
And on the premium IMAX format, Spectre opened at 47 locations and became the first film to score more than $100 000 per location average, pulling in $105,000 per IMAX. You can expect that figure to jump dramatically this weekend as the film opens in most other European countries on Thursday, while Friday is the big day as it opens in the US. The week after that it hits the other big territory in China – which has become just as influential as the US box office in recent times.
Unfortunately, it will be another two weeks after that (27 November) before we can also add our Randelas to Spectre’s money pile, which I suspect will have become big enough to shatter several more records by then.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) 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.
Last Updated: November 3, 2015