Spectre shatters box-office records

01 November, 2015 by Staff Writer

Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM announced today that Spectre has shattered box office records in nearly every market in which it has been released, led by the UK.

In six territories, the Sam Mendes-directed film has taken in $80.4 million including $67.7 million from Sony's markets and $12.7 million from territories in which MGM is distributing.


In the UK, the film grossed an estimated £41.7 million ($US63.8 million) in its first seven days, the market's biggest opening of all time.

Spectre took the crown from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which was also released on a Monday to £23.882 million, and achieved a new record for the highest seven-day gross ever in the UK, overtaking Skyfall.

The 24th James Bond adventure continues the longest running and most successful film franchise in cinema history. The film opened in 647 cinemas and on 2,500 screens,  the widest release of all time in the UK and Ireland.

In the Netherlands, Spectre grabbed 3.3 million Euro ($3.7 million), surpassing the record set by Skyfall and bringing its cume to $3.9 million including previews.

In the Nordic region, markets distributed by MGM, the film grossed $12.7 million while setting new opening records in Finland and Norway, both surpassing Skyfall. Finland generated $2.63 million  and Norway $2.88 million.

The film also set a new record in Denmark for the biggest three-day opening of all time with $4.21 million, beating Skyfall. In Sweden the opening was $2.97 million,  30 per cent bigger than the previous 007 adventure.

Spectre also set a new IMAX record with the highest per-location average in IMAX history and as the first title ever to top the $100,000 per-location average, with $105,000 in 47 IMAX locations.

The film opens here on November 12.