Monday 23 September 2019

Spectre beats Harry Potter to British box office record, taking £40m in first week

Daniel Craig and Monica Belluci in Spectre
Daniel Craig and Monica Belluci in Spectre
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Spectre has secured the biggest seven day opening in UK box office history, taking an estimated £41.7m (€58.5).

The 24th Bond outing beat the previous record holder, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, (which also opened on a Monday) by a whopping £17m (€24m) .

Released in six territories so far, Spectre, which stars Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Christophe Waltz, has taken in £52m and has yet to release in the US, France, Russia, and China.

The film opened in 647 cinemas and on 2,500 screens, making it the widest release of all time in the UK and Ireland.  It also beat records in Finland, Norway, and Denmark

The film cost £200m (€280m) to make including a budget of £25m (€35m) just for cars but it is expected to finally gross more than Skyfall's £710m (€997m) .

It still has some way to go, however, to top the highest grossing film of the year, Jurassic World.  It made over £1bn (€1.4bn) at the box office.

Daniel Craig has cast doubt over whether or not he will return for another instalment in the series, controversially stating he would rather "slash my wrists" than play 007 again.

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