Bond business makes a killing out of Brosnan
The film's makers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, said yesterday that sales had been "better than expected". The studio said American box office receipts total $62.2m (pounds 38m) to date, up 9 per cent on 1995's GoldenEye, the previous film based on the fictional superspy codenamed 007.
Box-office receipts across the rest of the world, including Britain, are at $77.8m, 19 per cent higher than GoldenEye in the same period.
GoldenEye had been the most successful film in the Bond franchise with total world-wide ticket sales of about $350m, $106m domestically and $244m overseas.
In America, Brosnan's Bond has done well in a Christmas film season that has been described as the most competitive ever.
It was up against the $200m blockbuster Titanic, Quentin Tarantino's new offering Jackie Brown and Stephen Spielberg's Amistad. In total, Americans spent a record $140m at the cinema in the three days after Christmas.
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