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Spectre takes $6.4 million in UK on first day of release


Story by Jack Foley

24TH James Bond movie Spectre has taken a massive $6.4 million on its first day of release in the UK.

The figure means that the film is matching previous Bond outing Skyfall in terms of earnings. Also directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall went on to become the highest-grossing Bond of all time in 2012, with $1.1 billion in global ticket sales. It also became an Oscar and BAFTA winner.

In total, Skyfall enjoyed a $32.3 million opening weekend in the UK in October 2012, shattering several records at the time, including the Saturday attendance record, as well as posting the No. 2 opening weekend in history, behind Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Spectre opened on a Monday (October 26, 2015) in 647 locations after its world premiere in London.

And, according to some cinema chains, the film could even out-perform Skyfall given early demand for tickets.

A spokesman for the Vue cinema chain said that ticket sales for Spectre are currently outstripping Skyfall, with 105,000 people watching the film on Monday night.

It has booked 9,942 showings of the film over the next two and half weeks to cope with demand that has seen the film break a company record with 81,500 tickets sold on Monday alone and a total of 310,000 tickets booked so far.

“People are booking breakfast with Bond before the boardroom, with 6am screenings filling up,” a spokesman for the company told The Hollywood Reporter.

Spectre sees Daniel Craig returning to the title role of 007 for the fourth and possibly final time. It co-stars Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz as the main baddie.

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