The latest James Bond flick and twenty fourth in the franchise ‘Spectre’ might just be the next movie to exceed the billion dollar mark in worldwide earnings that is if it continues with the first and second week success. The film which debuted the at the top of the box office a week ago maintained its number one spot and still topped the box office in its second week grossing $35.4 million in North America. This however was almost 50% less than the first week earnings of $70 million. It debuted worldwide this weekend and in China it had a massive debut where it grossed $48 million the biggest debut ever for a non 3D movie in China. In total the movie has already passed the half billion mark with earnings of $543.8 million making it 2015’s highest grossing film in the United Kingdom.
‘Spectre’ stars Daniel Craig as agent 007 where he has to deal with a worldwide criminal organization known as SPECTRE. This is the first time spectre has featured in Bond films since 1971 due to intellectual property lawsuits involving the name. There are also rumors that this might be his last potrayal of James Bond after doing so successfully in three previous installments; Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012). Despite this opening success, the film still lags the previous Bond movie Skyfall also starring Craig in North America earnings but it is still possible for it to surpass its predecessor. With this earnings however, the film has already surpassed its budget of $245 million with Sam Mendes on the director’s seat this being the second time he has directed a James bond movie since Skyfall.
Other notable stars in the film include Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Andrew Scott, Monica Belluci and former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista. It remains to be seen how the film will perform in the coming weeks but all forecasts predict it hitting a billion dollars.