Bond film smashes b.o. record in Britain
EmptyThe new James Bond movie shook up the U.K. box office during its first day of release on Thursday, earning more than any other film in the spy franchise, distributor Columbia Pictures said.
"Casino Royale," which marks the 007 debut of Daniel Craig, sold £1.7 million ($3.2 million) worth of tickets, a 54 percent increase over comparable sales for the previous Bond film and first-day record-holder, 2002's "Die Another Day."
In all, two-thirds of all movie tickets sold in Britain were for "Casino Royale," the Sony Corp.-owned studio added.
The film opens in the United States and Canada on Friday. Of the 27 international territories where "Casino Royale" is debuting this weekend, Britain and Russia are the largest.