Goldfinger will be turning in his grave. James Bond refuses to die as EON Productions, MGM and Sony announced on Sunday the James Bond release set a record seven-day launch in the UK.
Spectre has surpassed the previous £23.9m mark set by Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.
The 24th James Bond instalment opened on 2,500 screens in 647 cinemas, making it the widest release in the UK and Ireland.
Imax reported a new best per-screen score of $110,000, overtaking the $100,200 mark set by The Dark Knight.
Overall the film delivered a mighty $80.4m from six territories. Sony Pictures Releasing International accounted for $67.7m and MGM licensees the balance.
“We’re so grateful to all our James Bond fans and the British public for making Spectre’s debut in the UK box office history,” said producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
“What an incredible thrill it is for us at MGM to see how James Bond continues to deliver such excitement to his fans,” said MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber.
“This record-breaking support from UK audiences for what is our 24th outing is nothing short of amazing. We can’t wait for the rest of the world to see Spectre.”
Peter Taylor, managing director of Sony Pictures UK, added: “We are delighted that audiences in the UK and Ireland continue to embrace these stories about one of our biggest and best cultural icons. This opening proves once again, that the film world of James Bond speaks to cinema-goers like no other.”