Weekend Box Office: Skyfall Soars High On Record Breaking Weekend
Some attribute this weekend's record breaking opening of Skyfall to timing, as the movie breaks the doldrums of a very slow, dull October. Others suggest it's all the high end marketing and critical buzz around the latest Bond flick. Personally I'm giving credit to Adele for her near-chart-topping Bond song. Whatever explanations might be true, they had audiences packing out theaters this weekend to see what is being hailed as the best Bond movie ever.
With almost $88 million in the bank on its opening weekend, Skyfall enjoyed the largest domestic debut for a Bond movie (impressive given that there have been 23 of them). That topped previous franchise record holder Quantum of Solace's $67.5 million bow-in four years ago.
Add that to the on-fire sales Skyfall has been banking around the world and you get over $500 million in international sales. That puts the movie within less than $70 million of becoming the highest international grossing Bond movie of all time. In short, it's a good time to be Bond. Could it be Daniel Craig will replace Connery as the favored Bond in the hearts of a new generation of fans?
Lincoln enjoyed a highly successful small-release debut. Opening in just 11 venues it took in over $80,000 per theater for an almost $1 million start. While that's not enough to crack the top ten it's a good sign the movie will be a hit when it opens wide next week.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:
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