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James Bond Takes The World By Storm As "Spectre" Conquers The Global Box Office Opening #1 In Every Market With Nearly $200 Million Worldwide This Weekend
CUME STANDS AT $300 MILLION WORLDWIDE IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS EXCEEDING “SKYFALL” OPENING AND SETTING NEW ALL-TIME BOND FILM RECORDS
INCREDIBLE HOLDS IN UK & OTHER INTERNATIONAL TERRITORIES
CULVER CITY, Calif., November 8, 2015 - Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment's SPECTRE's astonishing global box office take is nearly $200 million this weekend.
After setting new box office opening records in nearly every country in which it opened last weekend, SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, opened wide around the world with stunning results from an additional 72 territories, including the United States, bringing the film's worldwide cume to $300 million in less than two weeks.
In the US, the film is the #1 movie in America, dominating a crowded box office by taking in $73 million for the weekend.
Internationally, the film is a blockbuster, as SPECTRE opened #1 in all 71 international territories in which it opened this weekend, taking in $117.8 million in total, with 40% of markets yet to come, including France, Australia, South Korea, Japan, and China.
This weekend, SPECTRE outperformed in Skyfall in Mexico (where it took in $4.5 million, more than double the take of Skyfall, which released on a holiday), Brazil ($2.9 million), Russia ($5.8 million), Belgium ($2.4 million including previews), Austria ($2.6 million including previews), Hong Kong ($2.4 million), Malaysia ($2.3 million), Poland ($3.1 million), Portugal ($871K), Slovakia ($425K), and Bulgaria ($219K), and performed on par with Skyfall in Germany ($20.1M for the weekend, including previews and a new record for the biggest Saturday of all time), Italy ($5.7 million), Switzerland ($4.1 million including previews), Spain ($3.3 million), Taiwan ($2.6 million), and Singapore ($1.8 million).
The film is also holding extremely well in the six markets in which it opened last weekend. In the UK, the film dropped only 29% to gross an excellent $21.3 million, bringing its cume to $100.2 million. The 14-day cume for SPECTRE (£65.5 million) is 6% ahead of Skyfall(£61.6 million) in the same number of days. In the Netherlands, the film fell by just 10% to $3.3 million, with a cume of $8.4 million, 3% ahead of Skyfall in the same number of days. The four Nordic region countries - Denmark ($2.7 million weekend, $8.2 million cume), Finland ($1.4 million weekend, $4.9 million cume), Norway ($1.1 million weekend, $5.3 million cume), and Sweden ($2.2 million weekend, $7.0 million cume) - all have new cumes that are running ahead of those of Skyfall in their territories in local currency.
Last weekend, the film set new all-time industry opening records in nearly every market in which it opened, as it took in $80.4 million through last Sunday. In the UK, the film set new records for the biggest opening of all time and the biggest seven days in box office history. SPECTRE also notched new opening weekend marks in the Netherlands, as well as Denmark, Finland, and Norway, territories where MGM distributed.
SPECTRE also set records at IMAX Theatres, where the film took in $15.4 million worldwide, beating IMAX's Skyfall wide-release take of $15.22 million. SPECTRE also set a new IMAX record last weekend, as it recorded the highest per-location average in IMAX history, as the first film ever to top $100,000 per location.
"We are absolutely thrilled by this weekend's results," said Gary Barber, MGM's Chairman and CEO. "The worldwide support for SPECTRE is a testament not only to the dedication of our amazing fans around the globe, but also to the incredible team involved with this film who worked so hard both in front of and behind the camera."
Josh Greenstein, president, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, "We are thrilled by the staggering numbers coming in from all corners of the globe, and we are very proud to be able to bring this legendary franchise to new heights. Congratulations to our partners at EON, Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Gary Barber at MGM, and Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes and the entire filmmaking team behind SPECTRE."
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of SPECTRE, added, "We're astounded and thank all our fans worldwide for this incredible response to SPECTRE."
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.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.
About Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-four films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL and SPECTRE.
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