BEIJING — The new Bond movie “Spectre” starring Daniel Craig, surpassed ticket sales of the last installment “Skyfall” Tuesday, taking in more than 376 million yuan (58.9 million U.S. dollars) five days after its opening in the world’s second-largest film market.
Facing no other major competition, the 24th installment of the franchise also grabbed several other records, including the biggest Friday opening and the biggest weekend earning for a 2D movie.
Since “Casino Royale” in 2007, all four Bond movies played by Daniel Craig have been shown in China as the series forges a close relationship with the Chinese market.
Scenes in “Skyfall” were shot in the streets of Shanghai. During the promotion of “Spectre,” Daniel Craig showed up at a TV gala to celebrate Singles’ Day on Nov. 11, an online shopping festival created by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.
As the most expensive Bond movie, “Spectre” cost roughly 350 million U.S. dollars. PNA/Xinhua