Skyfall with Daniel Craig won the Friday box office with $30.8 million to become the biggest opening of a Bond film in the history of the franchise.
Although Skyfall earned just over $2 million from early previews Thursday night, the $30 million from Friday put the new James Bond film ahead of Quantum of Solace, which earned $27 million in 2008.
Analysts have Skyfall on track for an $80 million first weekend debut, which will be the highest ever for a Bond film.
Rounding out the top three at the Friday box office were the animated video game themed Wreck-it Ralph at $7.8 million and the Denzel Washington topped Flight with $4.3 million.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, opned in limited release but got off to a great start with $268,000 in ticket sales across 11 theaters before officially opening wider next week.
Ever since its debut in the U.K., Skyfall has been riding high on positive reviews, with some critics hailing Skyfall as one of the best Bond films in the franchise.
“Filmed all over the world, including Turkey and China, Skyfall sees MI6 come under attack and Bond (Daniel Craig) dispatched to track down and destroy the threat – no matter how great the personal cost. The stellar cast also includes Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva who, after his scene-stealing performance in No Country For Old Men, will be more than a match for Craig’s Bond.”
Have you seen Skyfall? Is it as good as the critics say?