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'Skyfall': Most Successful James Bond Movie Ever?

Skyfall Daniel Craig'Skyfall' with Daniel Craig.

Skyfall passes $1 billion milestone worldwide

If studio estimates are on target, the latest James Bond thriller has passed the $1 billion milestone at the worldwide box office. Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and starring Daniel Craig in the old Sean Connery / Roger Moore /George Lazenby / Timothy Dalton / Pierce Brosnan role of the indefatigable British secret agent, the mostly well-received Skyfall has reached $1,000,200,000 at Planet Earth's box office. The vast majority of that billion came from outside North America: $710.6 million (71 percent) internationally vs. $289.6 million (29 percent) in the U.S. and Canada according to Box Office Mojo. Note: Skyfall has yet to open in China. (Image: Daniel Craig as James Bond on the Skyfall set.)

For comparison's sake: the previous two James Bond movies, both starring Daniel Craig, were Martin Campbell's Casino Royale and Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace. The former grossed $594.23 million worldwide; the latter took in $586.09 million. And ignoring inflation and currency fluctuations, Skyfall is no. 14 ever at the worldwide box office. Two other 2012 releases remain ahead: Joss Whedon / Chris Evans / Chris Hemsworth's The Avengers, with a 3D-surcharge-boosted $1.511 billion, and Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale's The Dark Knight Rises, with $1.081 billion.

Skyfall: The United Kingdom's biggest box office hit of the last decade

Outside the U.S. and Canada combo, Skyfall's top market was the United Kingdom / Ireland combo, with an astounding $158.36 million as of Dec. 16. Skyfall is not only (by far) the UK's biggest box office hit of the year, but also of the last decade, even adjusting for inflation. For comparison's sake: The Dark Knight Rises cumed at $90.26m; North America's biggest 2012 blockbuster, The Avengers, grossed $80.56m; James Cameron / Sam Worthington's 3D sci-fier Avatar scored $150.02m; and David Yates / Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 earned $117.22 million. Note: the last three movies had the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges.

The UK was followed by (mostly up to Dec. 16): Germany, with $77.11m; France, with $56.79m; Australia, with $39.36m; Russia / CIS, with $25.18m; The Netherlands, with $21.16m; Japan, with $18.94m; Italy, with $16.78m; Sweden, with $16.25m; South Korea, with $16.05m; Brazil, with $14.55m; and Denmark, with $14.11 million.

Skyfall particularly successful in northern latitudes

The Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark aren't countries usually found in lists of biggest international box office territories. The fact that all three are featured here, indicates that, relatively speaking, Skyfall was most successful in Europe's northern two-thirds – in other words, in Europe's non-Mediterranean countries.

Here is another example: with $12.71 million, Skyfall was 2012's no. 2 movie in Norway. The James Bond flick trailed only that country's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's Kon-Tiki, which collected $14.1 million. For comparison's sake: In Norway, The Avengers took in a relatively modest $6.36 million. Now, Norway's Blockbuster to End All Blockbusters of this past decade was, you guessed it, Phyllida Lloyd / Meryl Streep / Amanda Seyfried's ABBA-scored Mamma Mia!, with $16.75 million in 2008.

In Finland, Skyfall is the top 2012 release by a wide margin: $8.14 million vs. runner-up Ice Age: Continental Drift with $3.8 million. In fact, Skyfall is Finland's second biggest movie of the last ten years (adjusted for inflation), behind only Peter Jackson / Elijah Wood / Viggo Mortensen's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (about $8.6 million today).

Skyfall: Greece an exception of sorts

In Portugal, however, Skyfall was no. 5 on the 2012 box office list, behind three animated features (Ice Age: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and Brave) and Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. In Italy, Skyfall is the year's eighth biggest hit. In Spain, it's no. 13, having grossed less than half the amount earned by Breaking Dawn - Part 2.

Admittedly: In Greece, Skyfall is the no. 1 box office hit this year, with $5.71 million. However, the latest James Bond movie trails several other titles released since 2004 – sometimes by a wide margin. Among the movies well ahead of Skyfall are Avatar, with $10.64 million, Mamma Mia!, with $7.39 million, Zack Snyder / Gerard Butler's 300, with $11.37 million (this slice of nationalistic propaganda has an Ancient Greece theme), Ron Howard / Tom Hanks / Audrey Tautou's The Da Vinci Code, with $6.64m; Wolfgang Petersen / Brad Pitt's Troy, with $7.27 million (Ancient Greece again); and Nicos Perakis' army comedy Loafing and Camouflage: Sirens in the Aegean / Loufa kai parallegi, with $11.68 million.

Skyfall cast

In addition to Daniel Craig, the Skyfall cast includes Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney, Helen McCrory, Nicholas Woodeson, Ola Rapace, and Rory Kinnear. The Skyfall screenplay is credited to John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade.

Skyfall Daniel Craig as James Bond photo: Sony Pictures.

Nov. 11

Skyfall 007 Javier Bardem'Skyfall' with Javier Bardem.

Skyfall box office: Truly the biggest domestic debut ever for a James Bond movie

Nov. 11 evening

Skyfall – if studio estimates are accurate – overperformed this Nov. 9-11 weekend at the North American box office, collecting $87.8 million (including $2.4 million from midnight shows) at 3,505 theaters, averaging $25,050 per site according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. That's about $2-8 million more than expected, depending on the source. Adding to that figure the $2.2 million earned at IMAX screenings on Thursday, Skyfall currently has an estimated domestic cume of $90 million. (Image: Skyfall Javier Bardem as Silva.) [Addendum: Skyfall grossed $88.36 million over the weekend in the U.S. and Canada. Its North America cume is $90.56m.]

Skyfall opening weekend box office: A likely record

Of note, Skyfall now boasts the biggest North American opening weekend ever for a James Bond movie, even after taking inflation into account. Having said that, it's absurd to ignore the fact that no Sean Connery or Roger Moore James Bond flick ever opened at 3,505 venues – not even close.

As mentioned in my previous post about Skyfall's box office performance (see further below), the last James Bond movie starring Roger Moore, A View to a Kill, opened at 1,583 sites in 1985, while Sean Connery's final Bond movie, Never Say Never Again, opened at 1,550 locations. Going a little further back, Roger Moore's The Spy Who Loved Me was released at only 200 sites in 1977.

Daniel Craig James Bond films: Skyfall vs. Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale

A more logical comparison would be between Skyfall and Daniel Craig's previous two James Bond movies: Budgeted at a reported $150 million (not including marketing / distribution expenses), Casino Royale pulled in $40.83 million, or approximately $49.5 million adjusted for inflation, at 3,434 venues in November 2006. Its per-theater average was $11,890 ($14,400 adjusted).

Quantum of Solace opened with $67.52 million, or an inflation-adjusted $74.6 million, at 3,451 locations; its per-theater average was $19,568 ($21,600 adjusted). Both Quantum of Solace and Skyfall have their budgets pegged at $200m, though adjusted for inflation, Quantum of Solace is the costlier James Bond movie.

Now, keeping things in perspective: Once inflation is taken into account – as it always should to better reflect actual ticket sales – two James Bond movies from the mid-'60s starring Sean Connery, Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), brought in approximately $532 million and $600m, respectively, in North America. There's no chance Skyfall will reach those box office heights.

Skyfall international box office

Internationally, however, Skyfall should shortly reach the $500 million milestone and perhaps go as high as $600m, thus far surpassing Quantum of Solace's $417.72 million and Casino Royale's $431.6 million. To date, the latest James Bond movie has scored an estimated $428.6 million after adding $89 million in 80 territories this weekend. Skyfall's worldwide cume currently stands at $518.6 million. The Bond flick has yet to open in China, Japan, and Australia.

Also worth noting is that Skyfall is now the top 2012 release in the United Kingdom, having easily surpassed Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale's The Dark Knight Rises. Skyfall's top three international markets to date are the UK with $117.5 million, Germany with $44 million, and France with $42.5 million. Here are a few others (figures up to November 4): Russia / CIS with $16.67 million, South Korea with $11.61 million, and Brazil with $8.1 million.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, back in 1962 Dr. No, starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, grossed $43.4 million at the international box office. In 2012, that would represent approximately $330 million (not taking currency fluctuations into account). Now, one should remember that at that time markets such as China and Russia were basically closed to international productions, while Mexico, Brazil, and South Korea – to name three – were much smaller markets.

Skyfall movie cast

Besides Daniel Craig, the Skyfall cast includes Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Judi Dench, Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace, Nicholas Woodeson, and veteran Albert Finney.

Skyfall was directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay is credited to The Aviator's John Logan, and Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The Skyfall theme song is sung by Adele.

Skyfall Javier Bardem image: François Duhamel / Columbia Pictures.

Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln movieDaniel Day-Lewis Lincoln box office: Stronger-than-expected debut

Lincoln opened with a remarkable $944,308 at 11 North American locations this past weekend, November 9-11, according to weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Lincoln's per-theater average was $85,846 – the 23rd highest ever – well, actually since 1982 and not factoring in inflation. [Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.]

Strong reviews and early Oscar buzz surely helped Lincoln's domestic box office performance. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, the Steven Spielberg-directed historical drama has been greeted by enthusiastic notices. Lincoln currently boasts a 94 percent approval rating and 8.4/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics.

Lincoln: Excellent per-theater average

On Box Office Mojo's (post-1982) “highest per-theater average” chart, Lincoln is no. 23, sandwiched between Tom Hooper / Colin Firth's eventual Best Picture Oscar winner The King's Speech ($88,863) and Rob Marshall / Ziyi Zhang's Memoirs of a Geisha ($85,313). Now, adjusted for inflation, Lincoln had a remarkable – though somewhat less impressive – opening: it's no. 56* on the all-time chart, sandwiched between Oliver Stone's Platoon ($85,992) and Davis Guggenheim's eventual Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth ($85,257).

Now, Platoon and An Inconvenient Truth opened at, respectively, 6 and 4 locations. In other words, Lincoln is screening at nearly twice the number of Platoon's theaters (the number of available seats per theater is unknown) and nearly three times the number of sites showing An Inconvenient Truth. Remember, all things being equal, the fewer the number of theaters, the higher the per-theater average should be. [See also “Lincoln trailer in HD.”]

In terms of box office performance in relation to number of theaters, a better comparison to Lincoln would be Jason Reitman / George Clooney's Best Picture Oscar nominee Up in the Air, which averaged an inflation-adjusted $82,178 at 15 venues – or about 1.3 more theaters than Lincoln – in early December 2009. Also within that per-theater-average range were two eventual Best Picture Oscar winners: Sam Mendes / Kevin Spacey's American Beauty with $84,159 at 16 locations in 1999, and Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves with $80,211 at 14 locations in 1990.

Up in the Air went on to gross (approx.) an adjusted $85 million, American Beauty $198 million, and Dances with Wolves $347 million. Will Lincoln end up closer to Up in the Air or the two Best Picture Oscar winners?

Well, chances are the Daniel Day-Lewis star vehicle will end up closer to Up in the Air even though, thematically speaking, the two movies are quite disparate. The point is that “serious” political dramas tend to perform more modestly at the domestic box office. For instance, back in the early '80s Richard Attenborough / Ben Kingsley's Best Picture Oscar winner Gandhi cumed at an adjusted $133 million, while in the late '80s Bernardo Bertolucci's Best Picture Oscar winner The Last Emperor cumed at $85 million.

As explained in my previous Lincoln box office post, the Steven Spielberg / Daniel Day-Lewis collaboration's mainstream appeal will be put to the test next weekend. Next Friday, Lincoln will expand to 1,500 U.S. and Canada venues.

It should be noted that competition from Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, starring favorites Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, should not affect Lincoln's performance. Whereas the Twilight moviegoers tend to be very young and very female, according to reported “moviegoers' profiles,” Lincoln's first-weekend audience consisted mostly (67 percent) of those over 35, skewing male (55 percent).

Lincoln movie cast

In addition to two-time Best Actor Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln cast includes Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn, John Hawkes, James Spader, Lee Pace, Tim Blake Nelson, Jared Harris, Joseph Cross, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Stuhlbarg, and dozens of others. Tony Kushner was credited for the screenplay based on a couple of chapters from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book. [See International Lincoln trailer.]

* Box Office Mojo's inflation-adjusted per-theater averages don't seem to reflect box office actuals, but the adjusted amount based on weekend estimates.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln photo: DreamWorks / Walt Disney Studios.

Nov. 11

Lincoln Steven SpielbergLincoln box office: Steven Spielberg's historical drama opens strongly at 11 venues

Lincoln opened with a solid $268,000 at 11 North American theaters this past Friday, November 9, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, the historical drama about Lincoln's fight to put an end to slavery in the United States has mostly received enthusiastic acclaim. Lincoln currently enjoys a 94 percent approval rating and 8.4/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. (Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's historical drama.)

Lincoln's per-theater average, $24,364 on Friday, could well reach $75,000 by Sunday evening. If so, that'll land Lincoln somewhere around the top 30 highest weekend per-theater averages ever (ignoring inflation), near those of David O. Russell / Mark Wahlberg's The Fighter ($75,003) and Stephen Gaghan / George Clooney's Syriana ($74,900).

Now, The Fighter and Syriana opened at, respectively, 4 and 5 locations. In other words, Lincoln is screening at nearly three times more theaters than The Fighter and at more than twice the number of Syriana's locations. Remember, all things being equal, the fewer the number of theaters, the higher the per-theater average should be. That means Lincoln, relatively speaking, may turn out to be considerably more successful than those other two titles, especially taking into account Lincoln's longer running time.

A closer comparison to Lincoln, in terms of number of theaters, would be Jason Reitman / George Clooney's Up in the Air, which averaged $78,763 at 15 venues – about 1.3 more theaters than Lincoln – in early December 2009. Up in the Air went on to gross $82.83 million domestically. Having said that, to extrapolate from Up in Air's domestic cume a similar box office trajectory for Lincoln would be foolish as the two movies have radically different themes and star attractions.

The box office prospects of Lincoln will be put to the test next weekend, when Spielberg's movie will be screening at 1,500 venues.

Lincoln movie cast

In addition to Daniel Day-Lewis, the Lincoln cast includes Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, John Hawkes, James Spader, Lee Pace, Jared Harris, Joseph Cross, Tim Blake Nelson, Jackie Earle Haley, Bruce McGill, Michael Stuhlbarg, and countless others. Tony Kushner received credit for the screenplay based on a couple of chapters from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book.

Official studio estimates will be made available on Sunday morning. Domestic weekend box office actuals will be released on Monday.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln photo: DreamWorks / Walt Disney Studios.

Nov. 10

Skyfall James Bond Daniel CraigSkyfall box office: Likely the biggest domestic debut ever for a James Bond movie

Skyfall seems poised to have the highest-grossing opening weekend ever for a James Bond movie in North America following its impressive Friday, November 9, debut with $30.8 million at 3,505 theaters (including $2.4 million from midnight shows) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. After adding another $2.2 million from Thursday evening IMAX screenings, Skyfall's domestic gross has reached $33 million. (Image: Daniel Craig Skyfall.)

Skyfall opening weekend box office: A likely record

Some had predicted that Skyfall, which has been a megablockbuster overseas (see below), would open north of $100 million in the U.S. and Canada. That's not likely to happen barring a major Saturday surge – something that, considering the box office performances of Daniel Craig's previous two James Bond movies, seems highly unlikely. (Quantum of Solace was actually down on Saturday; Casino Royale was up less than 5 percent.) Based on Friday figures, Skyfall's cume should reach around $80-85 million by Sunday evening.

So, will Skyfall's opening weekend be bigger than those of all previous James Bond movies in the last half century? In all likelihood yes, even after factoring in inflation and leaving out Thursday's IMAX figures.

Having said that, let's not compare apples with Apple stores. As mentioned in my previous Skyfall box office article, the James Bond movies may all have James Bond a.k.a. Agent 007 in common, but no Sean Connery or Roger Moore Bond flick ever opened at 3,505 locations – not even close. Back in 1985, the final Roger Moore James Bond movie, A View to a Kill, opened at 1,583 locations, while two years earlier the last Sean Connery Bond flick, Connery's comeback Bond vehicle Never Say Never Again, debuted at 1,550 venues. Another example: Roger Moore's The Spy Who Loved Me opened at about 200 theaters back in 1977.

Daniel Craig James Bond movies: Skyfall vs. Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace

Now, it's perfectly feasible to compare Skyfall to the first two Daniel Craig James Bond movies: Budgeted at a reported $150 million (not including marketing / distribution expenses), Casino Royale opened in November 2006 with $40.83 million, or approximately $49.5 million adjusted for inflation, at 3,434 venues, averaging $11,890 per site ($14,400 adjusted).

Two years later, Quantum of Solace debuted with $67.52 million, or an inflation-adjusted $74.6 million, at 3,451 venues, averaging $19,568 per site ($21,600 adjusted). Quantum of Solace cost a reported $200m, the same reported price tag as Skyfall. (Adjusted for inflation, Quantum of Solace is the more expensive James Bond movie.)

In sum, Skyfall will in all likelihood deliver the highest-grossing opening weekend ever for a James Bond movie in North America. But let's keep things in perspective, at least when it comes to the domestic box office: If we factor in inflation (to better reflect ticket sales), two Sean Connery James Bond movies from the mid-'60s, Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), scored approximately $532 million and $600m, respectively in North America alone. Barring a miracle of James Bondian proportions, there's no chance Skyfall will get even close to those figures.

Skyfall international box office

Skyfall has brought in $321 million at the international box office as of this past Wednesday, November 7. The latest James Bond movie is already the top 2012 release in the United Kingdom, having just surpassed Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale's The Dark Knight Rises.

Skyfall's top international markets (figures up to November 4) are the UK with $85.8 million, France with $30.94 million, Germany with $23.93 million, Russia / CIS with $16.67 million, South Korea with $11.61 million, and Brazil with $8.1 million. The most recent James Bond has yet to open in China, Japan, and Australia.

Skyfall 007 movie cast

Besides Daniel Craig, Skyfall's prestigious cast includes Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace, Rory Kinnear, Nicholas Woodeson, and veteran Albert Finney.

Skyfall was directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), who had previously worked with Daniel Craig in the Tom Hanks gangster drama Road to Perdition. The Skyfall screenplay is credited to The Aviator's John Logan, and Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace screenwriters Robert Wade and Neal Purvis. Adele sings Skyfall's popular theme song.

Skyfall Daniel Craig as James Bond image: François Duhamel / Columbia Pictures.

Nov. 9

Skyfall 007 Daniel Craig James Bond Aston MartinSkyfall 007 box office: Biggest domestic opening ever for a James Bond movie?

Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie, opened in North America with a solid (though hardly jaw-dropping) $4.6 million from 463 IMAX screenings on Thursday evening ($2.2 million) and Thursday midnight shows ($2.4m) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. As per Deadline.com's source, Skyfall will gross over the weekend (including Thursday evening and midnight grosses) somewhere between $75 million (according to distributor Sony Pictures) and $88 million (according to other studios, following an expected $37 million Friday gross). [Photo: Skyfall 007 movie with Daniel Craig as James Bond, next to his Aston Martin.]

Now, to claim that Skyfall's opening-weekend grosses are about to become the 007 movies' highest ever is to compare apples with Apple stores. The James Bond movies may all share the name “James Bond,” but no Sean Connery or Roger Moore 007 flick ever opened at 3,505 locations – not even close.

Daniel Craig James Bond movies: Skyfall vs. Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace

Now, comparing Skyfall to previous Daniel Craig James Bond movies: Made for a reported $150 million (not including marketing / distribution expenses), Casino Royale opened in November 2006 with $40.83 million, or approximately $49.5 million adjusted for inflation at 3,434 locations, averaging $11,890 per site, or $14,400 adjusted. In November 2008, Quantum of Solace debuted with a much stronger $67.52 million, or approximately $74.6 million adjusted for inflation at 3,451 venues, averaging $19,568 per site, or $21,600 adjusted. Quantum of Solace cost a reported $200m, the same price tag as Skyfall. (Adjusted for inflation, Quantum of Solace is the more expensive movie.)

So, will Skyfall's opening weekend be bigger than those of Daniel Craig's previous two James Bond movies? The answer is: in all likelihood yes, even if Thursday's IMAX figures aren't tallied as part of the film's total weekend gross.

Note: Skyfall has collected $321 million overseas as of last Wednesday, November 7. It's already the top 2012 movie at the United Kingdom's box office, having just surpassed Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale's The Dark Knight Rises. The latest Bond has yet to open in China, Australia, and Japan.

Skyfall 007 movie cast

Besides James Bond no. 6* Daniel Craig, Skyfall features Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace, Rory Kinnear, Nicholas Woodeson, and Albert Finney – in a role briefly considered for Sean Connery, in honor of the James Bond series' 50th anniversary.

Skyfall was directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, who had previously worked with Daniel Craig in Road to Perdition. The film's screenplay is credited to The Aviator's John Logan, and the Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Adele sings Skyfall's theme song.

James Bond actors

* The James Bond actors are Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and now Daniel Craig. David Niven played Bond in the all-star spy spoof Casino Royale, which has nothing in common with the Daniel Craig movie. Additionally, before anybody else, in 1954 Barry Nelson played James Bond in one episode – “Casino Royale” – of the TV anthology series Climax!.

Skyfall 007 movie with Daniel Craig as James Bond (and Aston Martin) photo: François Duhamel / Sony Pictures.

Nov. 5

Skyfall Daniel Craig James BondSkyfall box office: Daniel Craig biggest hit ever?

Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is already a worldwide blockbuster without having even opened in the United States. That in itself is further evidence that the American movie market, though still the world's largest, is no longer the end-all for a film to achieve blockbuster status. After approximately 10 days out – opening dates vary from country to country – Skyfall has taken in $287 million, including $156 million this past weekend, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. (Image: Skyfall Daniel Craig as James Bond a.k.a. Agent 007.)

Ignoring inflation, Skyfall is already the third-highest grossing James Bond movie ever, behind only Martin Campbell's Casino Royale ($594.23 million worldwide) and Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace ($586.09 million), both also starring Daniel Craig. In the United Kingdom, Skyfall's no. 1 international market, the latest James Bond flick is about to overtake The Dark Knight Rises to become that country's top 2012 release. As of Sunday, Skyfall's British cume was an estimated $85.8 million.

Skyfall has yet to open in China, Australia, Japan, and Turkey. And in North America, of course. On Thursday, Skyfall will be screened only at IMAX movie houses in the United States, expanding to about 3,500 venues the following day.

Skyfall budget – and putting James Bond box office grosses a little in perspective

The Skyfall budget is estimated to be around $150m, not including marketing / distribution expenses. The first official James Bond movie, Dr. No, came out half a century ago. That 007 entry starred Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, and Joseph Wiseman in the title role.

Now, let's put things a little in perspective. Taking inflation into account, back in the mid-'60s Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), both starring Sean Connery, grossed approximately $532 million and $600m, respectively – in North America alone.

Skyfall cast

Besides Daniel Craig, the Skyfall cast includes Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace, Rory Kinnear, and Nicholas Woodeson. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) directed. The Skyfall screenplay is credited to John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade.

Skyfall Daniel Craig as James Bond photo: Sony Pictures.

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  1. Petra Valadares

    Javier Barden sure looks like CLODOVIL here.
    Clodovil was a Brazilian TV personality, clothing designer and even a politician: wikipedia.org/wiki/Clodovil_Hernandes

  2. Kg

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  3. THOMAS WINSTON

    The movie is a great story about an american president that let GOD lead him in abolishing slavery.Daniel Day Lewis will go down in history as the best lincoln ever.This film will win multiple oscar nominations.I am very thankful to have a bit part in this extraordinary story.Steven Spielberg is the greatest visionary of our time.Thank you Mr Spielberg for bringing a great president to life. THOMAS WINSTON

  4. baptiste

    in other words this movie will take the gas when it releases wide or just go straight to on demand. Daniel Day Lewis is sooooo good again just give him the statue now. His new sequel is My right thigh.

  5. John

    The more I see reviews of this movie, the more I realize I have to see it soon. I was a bit skeptical, but now I'm finding more of a reason to see this flick.