Bond Soars in Record $87.8M Debut

'Skyfall' scores franchise's best opening weekend

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 11, 2012 11:15 AM CST

(Newser) – The sky's the limit for James Bond's Skyfall: The 23rd Bond film hauled in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at US theaters. According to distributor Sony, adding $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at large-format theaters, Skyfall has taken in $90 million domestically. That lifts the worldwide total for Skyfall to around half a billion dollars once its weekend haul is counted overseas, where the film began rolling out in late October.

As of last Thursday, Skyfall had rung up nearly $350 million internationally. The third installment starring Daniel Craig as the British super-spy, Skyfall outdid the $67.5 million US debut of 2008's Quantum of Solace, the franchise's previous best opening. Skyfall more than doubled the $40.8 million debut of Craig's first Bond film, 2006's Casino Royale.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, Skyfall.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, "Skyfall."   (Francois Duhamel)
This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, Skyfall.
This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, "Skyfall."   (Francois Duhamel)
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