SKYFALL Shatters Records with $77.7 Million International Debut

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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.

skyfall-imax-posterThe $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.

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  • Robby

    Saw it last night, Deakins cinematography is immaculate.
    Strong performances from everyone. Bardem is a class act.
    no spoilers tho…

  • stylus59

    With numbers like these, I wonder how MGM even got bankrupt.

  • OpinionsRISE

    Whoa. 0077.7 Million.
    Skyfall seems to be the best Bond Film yet, according to many film critics. Though I can’t wait to see the film myself. Because in the end, the only opinion that matters, is one’s own opinion.

  • Shaye

    I have not seen the movie yet, so I cant comment on that. But honestly, regardless of how good or bad the movie might be, it was if I may say a guaranteed success. By which I mean, if like me you are in the UK – the amount of James bonds related ads/marketing-madness everywhere. It’s going to be very very hard not to notice/sucked in to the frenzy. Speaking about ads, remember the “Olympics Intro”. So in a way I’d say it has paid off tremendously.

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  • Simon

    Saw it last night! What a geat movie! It really is fast paced, sexy, modern, but a huge feeling of Bond nostalgia! Bardem wast a top notch choice as a villain!

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  • Anonymous

    Ach – a Bond film where the titular character fails at the two most important jobs he has in the film is an apple that has dropped too far from the tree for me, I’m afraid. Aside from that, a well made film, with incredible performances and cinematography, but a shaky script and some ludicrous attempts at crowbarring in meta-homage disproportionately disappoint.

  • James

    Ach – a Bond film where the titular character fails at the two most important jobs he has in the film is an apple that has dropped too far from the tree for me, I\’m afraid. Aside from that, a well made film, with incredible performances and cinematography, but a shaky script and some ludicrous attempts at crowbarring in meta-homage disproportionately disappoint.

  • meminmk

    It is the best Bond ever. Perhaps From Russia (better story) and Goldfinger (mad and grand) are up there with it. And it is long though, drags a little towards the end, which is most un-Bond like. The acting from DC is superb, Judi Dench hams it up wonderfully, there are some twists that work, some can be seen a mile off. Refreshing direction, a cracking 12 minute opening sequence. Watch and enjoy.

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