Paris Attacks: 'Spectre' Prevails in France Despite Cinema Closures
The 24th James Bond installment opened to $14.6 million, including previews.
Sam Mendes' Spectre is doing big business in France, despite the devastating Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris that resulted in cinemas in the capital city closing their doors for much of the weekend.
The 24th installment in the iconic James Bond film franchise, opening Wednesday in France, grossed $14.6 million through Sunday (that includes $2 million in previews from last weekend). The film, from Sony, MGM and Eon Productions, returns Daniel Craig for the fourth time as 007.
In 2012, Skyfall opened to $10.5 million in France, although it debuted on a Friday.
One cinema that reopened its doors was The Grand Rex, which is hosting an exclusive engagement of Disney and Pixar's The Good Dinosaur a week ahead of its U.S. and European premiere.
All told, Spectre earned a massive $152.6 million overseas this weekend for an early foreign total of $413.1 million and global haul of $543.8 million. It also opened in China this weekend to a record-breaking $48 million, the biggest three-debut in history for a U.S. 2D film.