U.K. all in for new 'Casino'

Collects $3.2 mil on opening day

Daniel Craig's performance as the new James Bond is going down as smooth as a shaken martini in Great Britain.

According to early numbers from Thursday's opening of "Casino Royale" in the U.K., the film is shaping up to be the largest Bond bow ever on the superspy's native soil.

Rated PG-13, the film from director Martin Campbell grossed £1.7 million ($3.2 million) during its opening day. That compares favorably with 2002's "Die Another Day," which notched a Thursday opening of £1.1 million.

"Casino," which opened in 988 U.K. theaters, generated a per-theater average of £1,731 ($3,267), compared with "Day," which bowed in 830 theaters to a per-theater average of £1,339.

Opening today in 3,434 theaters in the U.S., the film is expected to perform in the $40 million range for the weekend, boxoffice prognosticators say.

"Die Another Day" bowed to $47 million its opening weekend in the U.S., but it featured a known Bond in Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry as the Bond girl.
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