James Bond achieves best start of the year in France

Posted on Oct 13, 2021, 10:13 PM

Mission accomplished for James Bond. The British secret agent has filled the dark rooms since his comeback last Wednesday. The new opus “Die can wait” crushed the box office when it was released in French theaters, thus signing the best start of the year and boosting cinema attendance by 25% over one week, according to figures published by Cbo-Box Office.

As in the United States, the film starts off with a bang. Of the 2.1 million people who went to the movies during the week, 1.38 million wanted to see this latest installment with Daniel Craig of the adventures of the famous British spy invented by the writer Ian Fleming.

Better than “Fast and Furious”

The film is certainly a poorer first week than the previous “007”, far from the score of “Specter” in 2015, which had brought together 2.2 million spectators. But he made the best movie start of the year, ahead of “Fast and Furious 9”, released in July.

Far behind, the other films share the crumbs. In second position, Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” has attracted 275,000 science fiction enthusiasts, and has accumulated 2.4 million spectators in theaters for four weeks.

Two French films follow: “Boîte Noire”, a thriller in the field of aviation safety with Pierre Niney, has now come close to one million spectators since its release five weeks ago (100,000 still over the week), then “Bac Nord”, which exceeded two million spectators in eight weeks (90,000 over the week).

Over half a billion in revenue

The release of the latest installment in the James Bond saga, performed once again by Daniel Craig, had been delayed for 18 months due to the Covid-19 crisis. The film is said to be the most expensive of all the 007s shot so far. The Hollywood studio MGM has thus disbursed 250 million dollars (216 million euros) for the feature film. The last episode, “Specter,” cost $ 245 million.

Daniel Craig’s fifth and final 007 is a daunting task. Since the actor’s arrival as Her Majesty’s Agent in 2006, his films have all grossed over half a billion dollars each at the box office worldwide. With a record in particular for “Skyfall”, which even exceeded the billion dollars of receipts.

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