Spectre has sold more tickets at the Wellesley box office than any film since the Mantle St cinema opened in 1937.
“On the first week of Spectre, the Wellesley had the highest weekly takings in its 78-year history, with full houses on five nights, and in fact some people were turned away on three of these nights,” commented co-owner Steward Cusack.
The 24th James Bond film is currently smashing opening weekend records in the US and took more money in UK cinemas in its first week than any film in history.
However, the US movie newspaper Variety cautioned that because of huge production costs Spectre will have to take US$650m around the world before it becomes profitable.
Spectre ends its Wellesley run tomorrow. “A four week run is not at all usual but it has occurred in the past, be it rarely,” said Stewart. The Lady in the Van with Maggie Smith opens on Friday for a two week run.