Daniel Craig's final James Bond film No Time To Die took between 4.5 million dollars to 5 million dollars on its first day in the UK and Irish cinemas.
The film was delayed several times by Covid and the industry is watching closely to see whether it can lift box office takings to pre-pandemic levels.
Universal Pictures says Thursday's takings are 13% higher than 2015's Spectre but 26% below 2012's Skyfall.
Universal said No Time to Die opened in 772 cinemas in the UK and Ireland on Thursday - 25 more than the previous record-holder, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker in 2019.
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