Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spectre continued 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 movie 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.”