The latest instalment of James Bond, "SPECTRE" has shattered box office records in nearly every market in which it has been released. Courtesy Photo

Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that “Spectre” has shattered box office records in nearly every market in which it has been released, led by a historic performance in the UK. In total in the six released territories, the film has taken in $80.4MM, including $67.7MM from SPRI territories and $12.7MM from territories in which MGM is distributing. In the UK, the film has opened to an estimated £41.7 million ($63.8MM USD) in its first seven days of release, securing new records for the biggest opening of all time in UK box office history.

“Spectre” took the opening record from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” which was also released on a Monday to £23.88MM. The film also achieved a new record for the highest seven-day gross in UK box office history, overtaking the last James Bond film, “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, making it the widest release of all time in the UK and Ireland.

The UK wasn’t alone in shattering box office records as nearly every releasing market saw “Spectre” make history as the biggest box office opening of all-time. In the Netherlands, the movie took in €3.3MM ($3.7MM USD), surpassing the record set by Skyfall and bringing its cume to $3.9 million including previews.

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

In response to the #1 UK opening, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “We’re so grateful to all our James Bond fans and the British public for making “Spectre’s” debut in the UK box office history!”

“What an incredible thrill it is for us at MGM to see how James Bond continues to deliver such excitement to his fans. This record-breaking support from UK audiences for what is our 24th outing is nothing short of amazing. We can't wait for the rest of the world to see ‘Spectre’,” said Gary Barber, MGM Chairman and CEO.

Peter Taylor, Managing Director Sony Pictures UK, also 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.”

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