11:37 13 November 2012
Looking at the numbers that Skyfall made last weekend at US box office, it’s confirmed that Daniel Craig’s third James Bond movie is the biggest success. The movie has taken a record £55million in its opening weekend at the North American box office.
Daniel Craig’s second bond film, Quantum of Solace, which was shown in 2008, was previously the franchise’s best opening at £42million.
Skyfall dominated the weekend box office, followed by Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph that made £20.7million. Flight, starring Denzel Washington, came in third with £9.4million.
Another film to have soared high at the weekend was Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which was shown in a small number of cinemas.
Rory Bruer, the head of Sony’s distribution, which along with MGM produce Bond Films, said: “It's quite a testament to Bond, considering it's the 50th anniversary.”
Bond, which started 50 years ago, is one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises. For the last two decades, Bond films are believed to have earned £125million domestically in inflation-adjusted dollars.
Although Skyfall earned £55million, it’s not the franchise that attracted the most number of patrons. Sean Connery’s Thunderball would have earned an estimated £319million domestically, while Goldfinger, released in 1964, would have earned £279million as stated by Hollywood.com .
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