Fresh from setting box-office records in his British homeland, James Bond has again smashed through the record books with latest movie ‘Skyfall’, this time in the USA.
According to figures from Boxoffice.com, ‘Skyfall’ took an amazing $87.8 million on its opening weekend, beating ‘Quantum of Solace’, which took $67.5m in 2008. This makes the film the highest grossing on its opening weekend of all time, as well as Sony’s ninth number one movie in the US this year.
The movie received mainly positive reviews from critics, who praised the decision to add more drama to the film as well as the action for which 007 is known.
It seems audiences agreed, as the movie has not only smashed records in America, now having taken an incredible $518m worldwide.
According to The Hollywood Gossip , Rory Bruer, the head of distrubition at Sony, the film’s studio alongside MGM, welcomed the news, saying: “It’s quite a testament to Bond, considering it’s the 50th anniversary. What a great anniversary present.”
Second was ‘Wreck It Ralph’ on $33m, while Denzel Washington’s ‘Flight’ was third on $15.1m.
Rounding off the top 5 was ‘Argo’ on $6.7m and ‘Taken 2’ on $4m.
If the UK box-office is anything to go by, Bond could be hard to dislodge from number one, as its numbers only dropped 30% on its third weekend to $18.2m.
However if there’ s one franchise that could manage it, it’s the ‘Twilight Saga’, whose fifth and final installment will do battle with Bond this weekend.