Spectre breaks box office records

Spectre

Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, has broken all-time box office records.

Its UK launch set a new record for movies released on a Monday - as opposed to a Friday - taking more than £41m in its first week.

It beat previous Monday release record holder, 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which took £23.8m and Skyfall's previous first week total. Skyfall eventually became the highest-grossing 007 film in the franchise's history, taking £700m ($1.1 bn) worldwide.

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After hitting cinemas in six territories, Spectre has brought in £60.4 million worldwide. To date, it’s made an estimated £41.7 million in its first seven days of release in the U.K., breaking the previous record held by Skyfall.

Peter Taylor, Managing Director Sony Pictures U.K., commented: “We are delighted that audiences in the UK and Ireland continue to embrace these stories about one of our biggest and best cultural icons.  This opening proves once again, that the film world of James Bond speaks to cinema-goers like no other.”

Spectre also shattered records in other territories in which already opened. In the Netherlands, the film became the biggest box office opening, surpassing the record set by Skyfall. Spectre also broke opening records in Finland, Norway and Denmark.

Spectre also set a new IMAX record, recording the highest per-location average in IMAX history as the first film ever to top a £80,000 per-location.