Box Office: ‘Spectre’ Breaks Wednesday Record in U.K.

Spectre” is off to a sizzling start at the U.K. box office.

The latest James Bond adventure has deployed its license to kill to the tune of $24.5 million over its first two days in theaters. That muscular haul includes a Wednesday gross of $8.8 million. The picture has now scored the biggest Tuesday and Wednesday grosses in U.K. history.

Spectre” cost $250 million to produce, so it needs to do massive business around the world if it wants to recoup its investment. The film is rumored to be Daniel Craig’s last stint as 007 after three other films. His previous adventure, “Skyfall,” was the series’ high-grossing picture and the first film to cross the $1 billion mark.

In the U.K., where Bond is a veritable national mascot, the latest movie is looking like a winner. It seems poised to outpace “Skyfall’s” three-day U.K. opening weekend of $32.4 million.

“Spectre” debuts domestically on Nov. 6. In addition to Craig, it stars Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz. Sam Mendes, who won an Oscar for “American Beauty” and oversaw “Skyfall,” returns to the directing chair.

Sony is distributing the MGM production.

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