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‘Spectre’ becomes the biggest James Bond film in opening weekend in India

MUMBAI: The Indian market has welcomed James Bond’s new adventure, proving that the Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM and Eon Productions release is performing well across the world.

‘Spectre’, the latest 007 movie, has raked in Rs 31.9 crore (Rs 319 million) in its opening weekend. This makes it the biggest James Bond film in the country.

spectre-pSony Pictures India released the film exclusively in 2K digital format in 1,250 screens (the largest 2D Hollywood release ever) in four languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu – and in 2D and IMAX formats. It is the first film to release in India in five IMAX screens.

In net terms, the 24th film of the Bond series, has collected Rs 22.45 crore (Rs 224.5 million) in the weekend, including paid previews of Rs 2.16 crore (Rs 21.6 million).

Sony Pictures India MD Vivek Krishnani commented, “We are very happy that ‘Spectre’s opening in India is mirroring its global success. The film was hugely anticipated and the ‘masala’ action film has connected with audiences across India. The weekend box office numbers are proof of that and we are sure that James Bond will continue entertaining audiences in weeks to come.”

Daniel Craig has returned to essay the role of the super spy for the fourth time. In other key roles are Andrew Scott, (Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre for National Security), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and Ben Whishaw (Q).

Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann has played the love interest of Bond in the movie, who also holds the clue to untangling the web of the evil organisation Spectre.

In the Indian market, ‘Spectre’ had no competition from any other new release. Salman Khan-starrer ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’, which was released during the Diwali weekend (12 November), was the only competitor. ‘PRDP’ managed to collect Rs 16.18 crore (Rs 161.8 million) in the second weekend, compared to a stupendous Rs 122.73 crore (Rs 1.23 billion) in the first weekend alone.