LONDON — James Bond’s 24th cinema outing just obliterated the current box office record for an opening week in the UK.

Spectre, Daniel Craig’s fourth film in the series and director Sam Mendes’ second at the helm, pulled in some £40 million ($61 million) in the seven days from opening night last Monday.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was the existing record holder, having amassed around £23 million ($35 million) in its first week.

Spectre opened to largely enthusiastic reviews, with critics hailing the action scenes that bookend the film as well as performances from many of the cast including Léa Seydoux, Christoph Waltz and Andrew Scott. Read more…

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‘Spectre’ has smashed the UK box office record