BOND IS BACK IN FRANCHISE’S BIGGEST HIT: SPECTRE TAKES SPECTACULAR OPENING WEEKEND OF 31.9 CRORE
Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spectrecontinued its sweep of the global box office with its India release. The hugely anticipated 24th Bond film posted a gross of INR 31.9 cr (USD 4.8m) approximately in its opening weekend making it the biggest James Bond film of all time in the country.
Sony Pictures India released the film exclusively in high-quality 2K digital format in 1250 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.
“The action leaves you breathless” said the Times of India while Mumbai Mirror said it “makes it impossible to allow your eyes to stray away from the screen” adding that it is a “must-watch”. Alluding to the opening scene, Hindustantimes.com said “You get your money’s worth in the first 15 minutes” and declared it “A joyous ride.” The Economic Times called it “entirely entertaining” and wire service IANS adjudged it “a dazzling film.” Rajeev Masand said the is “pretty good blockbuster entertainment” and “like a satisfying masala Bollywood film.” Of course, the action scenes could not go unnoticed with Subhash K Jha judging that “The action sequences in Spectre are absolutely the best I’ve seen in Bond.”
Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony Pictures India commented on the record opening saying, “We are very happy thatSpectre'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."
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.
About Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions
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