My increasing enthusiasm for the release of Sam Mendes’ James Bond film Skyfall over the past few weeks hasn’t exactly been a secret, and I appear to be in some good company. Though the pic doesn’t open stateside until next Friday, Skyfall made one hell of a splash with its international debut this past weekend. The film dominated the foreign box office, raking in a whopping $77.7 million in total. $32.4 million of that came from from its U.K. debut, where it broke a couple of records. Hit the jump for more.
The $32.4 million garnered in the U.K. gave Skyfall the second highest opening weekend in history (per THR), behind the 3D-enhanced Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. In addition, the pic broke the all-time Saturday attendance record in the U.K. This debut is a fantastic feat given the film’s lack of 3D (and therefore lack of higher ticket prices), though IMAX accounted for $3.5 million of the film’s total box office take. Skyfall opened on 79 IMAX theaters in 15 territories, netting the format’s largest opening ever for a non-holiday, non-summer title. The film also broke the record for the highest opening weekend ever for a Bond film in Brazil.
The film’s stellar international box office performance and glowing reviews point to Skyfall have a very successful box office run here in the States, so it’ll be interesting to see just how well the Daniel Craig-starrer will do. Casino Royale scored a $40 million opening weekend, while Quantum of Solace raked in $67 million on its weekend debut. The buzz on Skyfall is incredibly strong, so don’t be shocked if we see a domestic opening weekend number significantly higher than Solace’s take.
Skyfall opens in the U.S. on November 9th.