Box Office: 'Spectre' Already Breaking U.K. Records

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The 24th Bond film took in $8.8 million Wednesday, setting another record and putting the movie's total at $24.5 million since opening Monday night.

After a stunning $6.4 million opening night in the U.K. on Monday night, Spectre continues to outpace its record-breaking predecessor Skyfall at the U.K. box office.

On Tuesday, the 24th Bond film amassed $9.2 million on its first full day in cinemas, the biggest Tuesday gross of all time in the U.K. and bigger than Skyfall's first-day gross three years ago. And on Wednesday, it took in a record-breaking $8.8 million for an early cume of $24.5 million.

That's the biggest Wednesday gross ever in the history of cinema in the UK. 

From Sony and MGM, Spectre launched in the U.K. more than a week before its Nov. 6 debut in North America.

International Weekend 11/1/15

Rentrak for Weekend of 11/115
Weekend Cume
1. Spectre $80.4M $80.4M
2. Hotel Transylvania 2 $33.6M $217.6M
3. The Last Witch Hunter $18.6M $38.4M
4. The Witness $18.5M $18.7M
5. The Martian $17.0M $245.6M
6. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension $13.5M $37.8M
7. Ant-Man $11.0M $334.5M
8. Goosebumps $7.1M $18.6M
9. Pan $6.3M $76.0M
10. Les nouvelles aventures d'Aladin $5.8M $31.0M

Alongside the intense speculation over who will be named the next Bond after Daniel Craig — who hasn't yet confirmed whether or not he'll return for another franchise outing — and the film's plot, much of the discussion surrounding Spectre had been over whether it could top Skyfall, which became the highest-grossing 007 of all time in 2012, with $1.1 billion in global ticket sales.

Skyfall commanded a $32.3 million opening weekend in the U.K. in October 2012, shattering several records at the time, including the Saturday attendance record, as well as posting the No. 2 opening weekend in history, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

The U.K. results after just a day and a night suggest that Spectre is indeed on track to complete a Bond mission many thought would be too difficult.

Oct. 29, 12 p.m. Updated with Wednesday numbers.