‘Casino Royale’ Smashes Bond’s U.K. Box Office Record

Casino Royale has enjoyed the best opening weekend ever by a James Bond movie in the U.K., taking £13.4 million ($24 million) between Friday and Sunday.

The Daniel Craig-starring thriller smashed the previous record of £9.1 million ($16.4 million) held by 2002’s Die Another Day.

Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson thanked the British public for backing Craig: “We are delighted the U.K. has had record-breaking results over the weekend for Casino Royale, and we are very grateful for the support and goodwill of the British public to the new film and most especially towards

Daniel Craig.”

Casino Royale also enjoyed the third highest opening ever at the U.K. box office, beaten only by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

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