Friday Box Office: SKYFALL Takes Off with $30.8 Million Debut; Spielberg’s LINCOLN Also Big in Only Eleven Locations

     November 10, 2012

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For weeks, we’ve known that Skyfall was going to be huge. After the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise rocketed through its initial international engagements two weeks ago, a giant US opening was all but guaranteed. Even so, Skyfall is now on track to be even more of a giant than we suspected. On Friday, Skyfall earned an estimated $30.8 million from its 3,503 locations, midnight screenings included. Add that to the $2.2 million 007 took in from his 463 IMAX premieres on Thursday and it looks like the secret agent could soar as high as $84 million by the end of the weekend. That would blow the previous Bond record of $67.8 million (set in 2008 by Quantum of Solace) out of the air. In fact, it’s possible that Skyfall could climb as high as $500 million worldwide by Monday. Given that Daniel Craig’s first two turns as 007 took weeks to reach that same mark, the achievement would be especially impressive. Big as it was, Skyfall wasn’t the only film making news at the box office. With its platform release in just eleven locations, Steven Spielberg’s critically-lauded Lincoln earned an estimated $268,000 on Friday, or an average of $24,376 per theatre.  We’ll have full details on this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1. Skyfall $30,800,000 $30.8
2. Wreck-It Ralph $7,840,000 $68.4
3. Flight $4,250,000 $36.9
4. Argo $1,840,000 $80.8
5. Taken 2 $1,180,000 $128.4
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