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Skyfall Becomes Biggest Opening Bond Film with $87.8 Million

5 years ago by Reg Seeton

Daniel Craig returns to the role of James Bond in the November 9 release of Skyfall

Skyfall with Daniel Craig won the weekend box office with $87.8 million to become the biggest opening James Bond film in the history of the franchise.

As expected, the new James Bond film Skyfall took the top spot at the weekend box office with $87.8 million in ticket sales to lead the way over Disney’s animated Wreck-It Ralph at $33.1 million and Flight, starring Denzel Washington, which took in another $15.1 million to finish in third spot.

Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film in the famous Ian Fleming spy franchise, took in $30.1 million on Friday amd will now finishe ahead of industry analysts who predicted that Skyfall would do $80 million over the weekend.

On Friday, it was clear that Skyfall would become the biggest selling Bond film of all time. In 2008, Quantum of Solace debuted to a $67.5 million opening weekend. Interestingly, Quantum of Solace has a 64% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes while Skyfall is currently rated at 91%.

Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris.

“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.”

In related Skyfall news, Javier Bardem, who plays the Bond villain Silva, accepted his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this past Friday.

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Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!