New James Bond flick Skyfall’s (Red review: Watch Skyfall for the performances, and new direction) box-office success has extended its worldwide rule to North America too, hauling in a franchise-record of 87.8 million dollars in its first weekend at the US theatres
Adding in 2.2 million dollars from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, Skyfall has taken in 90 million dollars domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.
That lifts the worldwide total for Skyfall to 518.6 million dollars since it began rolling out overseas in late October, the New York Post reported.
Internationally, the 23rd Bond flick added $89 million this weekend to raise its overseas revenue to $428.6 million.
The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, 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-dollar debut of Craig’s first Bond film, 2006’s Casino Royale.
Skyfall already has passed the 407.7 million dollars overseas total for ‘Quantum of Solace’ and by Monday, it will top the $432.2 million international haul for Casino Royale.
The Craig era has reinvigorated one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises, whose first big-screen Bond adventure, Dr No, debuted 50 years ago
“It’s quite a testament to Bond, considering it’s the 50th anniversary. What a great anniversary present,” Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which produces the Bond films along with MGM, said
Skyfall was the weekend’s only new wide release, but Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln had a huge start in a handful of theatres.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president, Lincoln took in 900,000 dollars in 11 theaters for a whopping average of $81,818 a cinema. By comparison, Skyfall averaged $25,050 in 3,505 theaters
For the year, domestic revenues are at $9.1 billion, up 4.3% from 2011’s, according to Hollywood.com.