Worldwide Box Office: $872 Million (#6)
Would it be too mean to call Spectre one of the most disappointing movies of 2015? Following Skyfall was always going to be a challenge, but with Sam Mendes returning to direct, it really did appear as if we were in store for another classic entry into the franchise. Unfortunately, despite some great moments, Spectre didn’t even come close, and embracing Roger Moore era levels of camp did this one absolutely no favours.
The tepid response from moviegoers is evident by how far it ended up falling short of Skyfall‘s $1 billion haul, and all of those Sony Hack rumours about script issues and an out of control budget make a lot more sense after actually watching Spectre. Not even Christoph Waltz could save this bloated sequel, as it delivered a predictable reveal and struggled desperately to try and connect all of the previous movies to his big bad.
Still, as Bond movies go, this was far from the worst one. The potential for an interesting follow-up is certainly there, but between Daniel Craig’s apparent desire to move on and the fact that Sony and MGM barely got Mendes back for this one, it probably wouldn’t be the end of the world if they were to start from scratch with the follow-up.
Either way, reaching $1 billion again may be near impossible, even for the resourceful 007.