Skyfall tops US weekend box office with record USD 87.8m revenue
New James Bond flick Skyfall's box-office success has extended its worldwide rule to North America too, hauling in a franchise-record of 87.8 million dollars in its first weekend at the US theaters.
Adding in 2.2 million dollars from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, 'Skyfall' has taken in 90 million dollars domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.
That lifts the worldwide total for 'Skyfall' to 518.6 million dollars since it began rolling out overseas in late October, the New York Post reported.
Internationally, the 23rd Bond flick added 89 million dollars this weekend to raise its overseas revenue to 428.6 million dollars.
The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, outdid the 67.5 million dollars US debut of 2008's 'Quantum of Solace,' the franchise's previous best opening.
'Skyfall' more than doubled the 40.8 million-dollar debut of Craig's first Bond film, 2006's 'Casino Royale.'
'Skyfall' already has passed the 407.7 million dollars overseas total for 'Quantum of Solace' and by Monday, it will top the 432.2 million dollars international haul for 'Casino Royale.'
The Craig era has reinvigorated one of Hollywood's most-enduring franchises, whose first big-screen Bond adventure, 'Dr. No,' debuted 50 years ago.
"It's quite a testament to Bond, considering it's the 50th anniversary. What a great anniversary present," Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which produces the Bond films along with MGM, said.
'Skyfall' was the weekend's only new wide release, but Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' had a huge start in a handful of theaters.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president, 'Lincoln' took in 900,000 dollars in 11 theaters for a whopping average of 81,818 dollars a cinema. By comparison, 'Skyfall' averaged 25,050 dollars in 3,505 theaters.
For the year, domestic revenues are at 9.1 billion dollars, up 4.3 percent from 2011's, according to Hollywood.com.
Estimated ticket sales for the weekend at US and Canadian theaters are:
'Skyfall' - 87.8 million dollars.
'Wreck-It Ralph' - 33.1 million dollars.
'Flight' - 15.1 million dollars.
'Argo' - 6.7 million dollars.
'Taken 2' - 4 million dollars.
'Here Comes the Boom' - 2.6 million dollars
'Cloud Atlas' - 2.53 million dollars.
'Pitch Perfect' - 2.5 million dollars.
'The Man with the Iron Fists' - 2.49 million dollars.
'Hotel Transylvania' - 2.4 million dollars.