October may have been a bummer month at the U.S. box office, but James Bond looks set to stir things up. Early screenings of Spectre on Thursday reportedly brought in $5.3 million, according to Sony, so Daniel Craig’s latest Bond outing is already ahead of Skyfall, which nabbed $4.6 million from its early shows back in November 2012.
Sony is cautiously predicting an opening weekend of $60-65 million for Spectre, but Skyfall went on to pull in $88.4 million. Spectre already debuted in the U.K. to the tune of $68 million in its first week (the biggest seven-day U.K. opening ever), and Sony expects a similar debut stateside. Skyfall went on to make more than $1.1 billion worldwide, so the bar is high. Spectre hasn’t received the same stellar reviews as Skyfall, but that won’t necessarilty diminish fan enthusiasm for the 24th Bond adventure.
Read EW’s cover story on Spectre here.