Spectre, the latest addition to the interminable psychopathic spy slog that is the Bond franchise, has already brought in $80 million in the six markets that it’s been released in.
The new Bond movie has yet to open in the U.S. but it has been setting records in the UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, all the while laughing mockingly at Skyfall’s initial achievements.
The imminent American take, combined with the Chinese release (which will, unlike Skyfall, require no censorship) as well as numbers from the rest of the world, should show fairly quickly whether the $1.1 billion record set by the last entry will be bested this time. My bet is that it won’t be; but it doesn’t matter either way, as this damn character will not be going away any time soon.
Spectre signals the turning of the tide after last month’s dry season, as despite that lackluster shitshow, the year as a whole is on track to most likely become the biggest ever in terms of dollars raked in (at least for the U.S.). Remember Jurassic World? I know you’d rather not, but that raptor-whispering nonsense bagged over $1 billion worldwide; and following the soon-to-sound bang from Spectre’s starting gun, 2015 will be rounding out with The Peanuts Movie; The Good Dinosaur; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2; as well as That Little Space Movie That Probably Won’t Amount To Much.