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  1. Box Office Bondage

    While we all can talk about how Die Another Day will stack up against the likes of the already released Harry Potter 2 and the soon to be released The Twin Towers in the current box office season battle, these two do not yet have the sustained history and longevity that super spy James Bond has enviously achieved.

     

    With that in mind let’s focus on the franchise itself and consider where Die Another Day could fair against the other nineteen movies that make up the forty year history of the Bond legacy.

     

    With the imminent commercial release of Die Another Day in the next few hours in the United States, inarguably the most influential movie market in the world, here are a few major Bond milestones that the twentieth instalment aspires to and, for the fans and producers alike, hopefully surpass:

     

    Best US opening weekend – US$35,520,000 (The World Is Not Enough – 1999)

     

    Best US Total Gross – US$126,932,000 (The World Is Not Enough – 1999)

     

    Best worldwide Total Gross – US$353,100,000 (The World Is Not Enough – 1999)

     

    Best inflation adjusted Gross – US$427,108,000 (Thunderball – 1965)

     

    As recent cinematic history goes, TWINE is definitely the Bond movie to beat, but most fans would agree that if Die Another Day could eclipse Thunderball’s inflation adjusted gross it would rightfully be crowned as the most successful Bond movie ever.

     

    According to Box Office Mojo, where these figures come from, Die Another Day is due to open in over 3,300 theatres, which is the most ever by a Bond movie (TWINE opened in 3,163 theatres), so MGM are giving a huge boost in attempting to make Die Another Day, if not the overall box office winner, the most successful Bond movie to cap off the forty year franchise.

     

    Commanderbond.net will keep a close eye on the box office returns of Die Another Day and report the figures as they come to hand.

    Feel free to discuss the anticipation in this thread in Commanderbond.net’s Die Another Day forum.

    Brett McAleer @ 2002-11-22
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