Spectre sells 4,000 tickets in advance

Distributors expect film to earn close to Rs70 million during opening weekend in Pakistan

Our Correspondent November 01, 2015
The movie features a star cast including Daniel Craig, Monica Belluci and Naomie Harris. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Having already clicked with international critics, the latest in the James Bond franchise and the highly anticipated follow-up to Skyfall, Spectre is set to take Pakistani screens by storm.

With almost a week to go till its release in the country, the movie has already created a furore at the local box office with fans queuing up to purchase tickets for the Sam Mendes directed movie. Footprint Pvt Ltd GM Mirza Saad Baig said so far close to 4,000 tickets have been recorded. “Out of the 4,000 admits [advanced bookings] that we have received, approximately 1,500 have come from multiplexes, such as Nueplex Cinemas,” he told The Express Tribune.

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Spectre has been forecasted to perform brilliantly at the local box office but Baig maintained that it might not be able to supersede Fast and Furious 7 as the highest grossing foreign film. “I don’t think it’ll outdo Fast 7 as the latter had a clear four-week run whereas Spectre may face competition from international releases [Hunger Games and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo] in the coming weeks. Plus Fast 7 also clicked with audiences in the single-screen cinemas.”

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Despite this, he still expects the movie to earn at least Rs150  million during its run and between Rs50 and Rs70 million on its opening weekend. Spectre is expected to release on November 6 across 48 cinemas and 83 screens of the country. The movie features a star cast including Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Christopher Waltz, Dave Bautista and Ralph Fiennes.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 2nd, 2015.

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