BOX OFFICE: SKYFALL Breaks Records With The Biggest Bond Opening Of All-Time In The US

BOX OFFICE: SKYFALL Breaks Records With The Biggest Bond Opening Of All-Time In The US

Sony Pictures' decision to hold off on releasing Skyfall clearly paid off as the highly positive word of mouth led to a surge in anticipation, scoring the Sam Mendes helmed film a whopping $87.8 million in North America this weekend. We also have an update for you on Disney's Wreck-it Ralph.

Skyfall has far exceeded expectations at the North American box office this weekend as it quickly became the biggest Bond opening of all-time. 30% ahead of Quantum of Solace and 115% ahead of Casino Royale, the latest instalment in the beloved franchise grossed $87.8 million for the weekend securing the #1 spot. This is actually the best November debut ever outside of the Harry Potter and Twilight films. If you include what the film made from early showings on Thursday, it has actually grossed upwards of $90 million, with IMAX showings accounting for $13.1 million of that total. To break it down for you, the Sam Mendes' entry into the franchise made $31.7 million on Friday, $33.9 million on Saturday, and $22.2 million today. Meanwhile, last week's #1 Wreck-it Ralph held up well in second place with $33.1 million. It has now grossed a total of $92M in just 10 days.

UPDATE: A minor update for you here, although as you can see, there's certainly nothing "minor" about how well Skyfall has so far performed internationally.

Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in SKYFALL™, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.


Daniel Craig as James Bond
Javier Bardem as ?????
Judi Dench as M
Ralph Fiennes as ?????
Albert Finney as ?????
Naomie Harris as Eve
Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine
Ben Whishaw as Q

RELEASE DATE: October 26th, 2012 (UK) November 9th, 2012 (US)

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clogan - 11/11/2012, 8:55 AM
Well deserved.
jimpinto24 - 11/11/2012, 8:56 AM
We all knew Skyfall would take the #1 spot at the box office this weekend! Skyfall was epic!
Hellsboy - 11/11/2012, 8:57 AM
saw it yesterday good movie worth the time
GUNSMITH - 11/11/2012, 8:58 AM
TerminatorMode - 11/11/2012, 8:59 AM
darn that trailer pretty much had the whole movie in there! great flick though. well deserved.
GUNSMITH - 11/11/2012, 9:00 AM

ManofSteel23 - 11/11/2012, 9:02 AM
Erm..gunsmith,Craig is gonna be playing bond at least 2 more times
GUNSMITH - 11/11/2012, 9:08 AM
GUNSMITH - 11/11/2012, 9:11 AM
zachman2013 - 11/11/2012, 9:13 AM
Pretty sure Daniel Craig agreed to be bond for another two movies or so.
GUNSMITH - 11/11/2012, 9:13 AM
GUNSMITH - 11/11/2012, 9:15 AM
Mego - 11/11/2012, 9:36 AM
Craig may have signed a contract but EON productions can probably still drop him before its up without losing money.
While this films Box office numbers and critical praise would make you think they'll let him do 2 more. its highly doubtful that will happen.
If he wasnt prematurely aging in the face he might last longer. Hes still got the build he had in Casino. But he looks so old they had to write it in the film.
Brosnan was very popular as Bond and amazingly 'Die Another Day' got some good reviews and was at the time the highest grossing Bond film, despite it being the Bond franchises 'Batman And Robin'. And yet Brosnan was axed unexpectedly.
FilmsFan - 11/11/2012, 9:43 AM
Watching it right now in UK!


Best British HERO... EVER!!!!!!!

Bring NOLAN on as Director after 1 or 2 more Craig Bond films!!
Criag is the Best yet!!

But FASSBENDER, TOM HARDY, or Idris Elba will be great too!!
Can't for Nolan-Bond!!
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 11/11/2012, 9:53 AM
shaken or stirred ?

DoctorDoak - 11/11/2012, 10:02 AM
@darkmetal: They could -- but they won't. Craig signed the two-film renewal contract well into Skyfall's production. They know how old he is. Plus it's worth mentioning that in filming Casino, Craig was in his 30s. He's in his mid-40s now. The aging is to be expected.

Craig is popular and if anything, we'll see him in more than 2 films -- not less. I don't know why people feel that Bond needs to be 25 years old or something. Audiences prefer continuation over recasting (box office records constantly reflect this)... They're not gonna get rid of Craig just yet. And hopefully Mendes sticks around too. Skyfall was damn near perfect.
ChiefJudge - 11/11/2012, 10:12 AM
I saw this yesterday - Cut out 45Mins and you've got a great movie. I actually fell asleep at one point.
As it is - Pants.
TheOneWhoKnocks - 11/11/2012, 10:19 AM
87 million ...hmm After 22 iterations of Bond films he is still weaker than HP, Batman and Avengers ...even Hunger Games. ..i am surprised.
tonytony - 11/11/2012, 10:29 AM
terrific movie, deserves its success. The Dark Agent Rises. Javier bardem channels his inner joker and craig plays it gritty. Simply the best bond movie ever.
santoanderson - 11/11/2012, 10:31 AM
Well to be fair, Bond can't really be marketed to kids, like the Avengers and Batman. There are no Bond toys at Walmart, or James Bond Happy Meals. Those other movies: Batman, Avengers, Spider-man, Harry Potter, can sell a lot of tickets to youngsters, so I think 87 million is a hell of an accomplishment.
TerminatorMode - 11/11/2012, 10:38 AM

i'm pretty sure that was the marketing teams doing. the whole 'you liked these movies by him so you'll like this movie by him too!'

i get what you're saying though.
tonytony - 11/11/2012, 10:48 AM
to anyone talking about bond and saying 87 mill is not as big as spiderman, these are the same people who would equate transformers and avengers success to being great movies (Wrong) you only have to remember what sam mendes said about why he liked the The Dark knight over something like avengers, it was a story posted here before please refer for your answers.

Also worth pointing out that James bond has alreay passed the 500 mil point in barely a week and a half its a safe bet it will propably finish with 750-800 mill and would make it the 3rd biggest movie this year behind avengers and TDKR.
eleven59 - 11/11/2012, 11:11 AM
Hey as long as ages like dalton and not like Moore, I'm fine with two more...
Ryguy88 - 11/11/2012, 11:11 AM
Skyfall was really good, almost as good as Casino Royale!

Gunsmith, I read somewhere that Craig is on for 2 more Bond films and that Skiyfall marks the beginning of a trilogy.
Tony93 - 11/11/2012, 11:11 AM
hey guys so was there really no Q in his past two movies?
Ryguy88 - 11/11/2012, 11:15 AM
Darkmetal, Brosnan was axed because that version of Bond had run its course, Craig's version feels to be just ramping up. The aging was also factored into the plot as he's now the veteran of MI6. I'd be very surprised if he got the ax now.
Tony93 - 11/11/2012, 11:15 AM
gosh she was [frick]en hot
jtown904 - 11/11/2012, 11:15 AM
best bond to date. Did not like the last one at all, but loved casino.
Ryguy88 - 11/11/2012, 11:19 AM
Levitkuz, do think it was Nolan who put his name everywhere or the studio trying to bank on his ever growing name? Think about it, how many interviews do you see of Nolan? He's not the attention seeking type.
WolvieCBM - 11/11/2012, 11:31 AM
Incredible numbers. Both domestic and OS. Just wow!
Tony93 - 11/11/2012, 11:44 AM
Ric - 11/11/2012, 11:56 AM
hell yeas! Well done Mr. Bond, well done.
FOOM - 11/11/2012, 12:09 PM
More enjoyable, more adult and less pretentious than TDKR for sure.
Rheynger - 11/11/2012, 12:14 PM
All I can say is your an idiot.
Mysterion - 11/11/2012, 12:34 PM
Javier Bardem was scary good in the movie, his first interaction with Bond was priceless
jj72 - 11/11/2012, 12:58 PM

Are you retarded? The Bond franchise has proven that is has legs after 22 films. Its for a more mature audience without all special effects for the films you just mentioned but then again a child like you wouldn't understand that.
ironpool007 - 11/11/2012, 1:12 PM
Was amazing. Great action, story, and dialogue. There were homages and easter eggs sprinkled all through. Plus the villain was actually unsettling as was the plot.
Ceejay - 11/11/2012, 2:06 PM
Philip Winchester (Strike Back)) for the next Bond.

subzero1077 - 11/11/2012, 4:08 PM
Excellent movie. Such a great ending!
FireKnightRises - 11/11/2012, 6:55 PM
Great Movie, I see some TDK influence in it
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