Skyfall is already a very, very big hit here in the United States, standing as the seventh-highest grossing movie of the year domestically, and likely to keep rising. But in the United Kingdom, home of Bond, it's a flat-out phenomenon. The 23rd James Bond film has now becoming the highest-grossing movie in British history, with $151 million at the UK box office so far to overtake the record previously held by Avatar.

According to Deadline it opened in just 587 theaters across the country, which makes the $151 million gross all the more impressive (it has made $245 million from an opening in 3,505 North American theaters, by way of comparison. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement that they were "overwhelmed with gratitude to the cinema-going audiences in the UK," and probably more than a little grateful that their movie-- which features Britain more prominently than any recent Bond movie-- has been accepted in kind by its audience.

By rebounding so masterfully from the disappointment of Quantum of Solace, Skyfall has secured Bond's future for a long while-- and now we all get to wonder exactly how that future will pan out. Daniel Craig is signed on for at least two more, and a lot of the new character threads established in the recent movie are promised to continue. But who will direct, and where will he or she take Bond? That's what we get to have fun speculating about for the next two years.

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