Weekend Box Office: Skyfall Is Biggest Bond Movie Opening Ever

Entertainment Nov. 11, 2012 AT 6:00PM
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Skyfall Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Skyfall Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions

Moviegoers love Bond -- James Bond.

Skyfall, the third Bond flick featuring Daniel Craig in the lead role, netted an impressive $87.8 million in box office receipts in its opening weekend, earning $90 million total domestically since its Thursday preview opening in IMAX theaters.

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Since the film rolled out overseas in October, Skyfall has earned $518.6 million, making it the most successful Bond film to debut in the franchise's history. Craig's most recent outing far outperformed his previous flicks, including 2008's Quantam of Solace ($67.5 million) and Casino Royale ($40.8 million.)

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"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 of Skyfall's early success.

Disney's animated Wreck-It Ralph -- featuring the voices of John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch -- placed second this weekend at the box office with an estimated $33 million take.

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Rounding out the weekend's top five flicks were Flight (No. 3, $15.1 million), Argo (No. 4, $6.7 million) and Taken 2 (No. 5, $4 million).

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