Bond soars with record 'Skyfall' debut'
Adding in $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, "Skyfall" has taken in $90 million domestically, The Associated Press reports.
That lifts the worldwide total for "Skyfall" to $518.6 million since it began rolling out overseas in late October. Internationally, the 23rd Bond flick added $89 million this weekend to raise its overseas revenue to $428.6 million.
"Skyfall" more than doubled the $40.8 million debut of Craig's first Bond film, 2006's "Casino Royale." "Skyfall" already has passed the $407.7 million overseas total for "Quantum of Solace," and by today it will top the $432.2 million 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," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which produces the Bond films along with MGM.