Fifteen minutes after the splashy royal premiere of "Spectre" in London on Monday, 647 UK theaters got first dibs of the movie, and it was a huge success.
Variety is reporting that the film took in $6.4 million on Monday night. That didn't beat out the opening-day gross of the previous, record-setting Bond movie, "Skyfall," three years ago (in local currency: £4.1 million for "Spectre"; £6.2 million for "Skyfall"). But "Skyfall" had a full Friday. "Spectre" had two screenings per location Monday night.
Regardless, it looks as if the 24th Bond movie will have a strong opening week across the pond before its November 6 release in the US.
The second consecutive Bond film led by director Sam Mendes, "Spectre" follows 007 (Daniel Craig) as he faces off with the evil eponymous organization, with Christoph Waltz playing the sinister villain.
"Skyfall" is the top-grossing Bond movie of all time, earning over $1.1 billion worldwide, and it was the highest-grossing film ever in the UK.
Watch the trailer for "Spectre":