‘Skyfall’ Set for Best Bond Debut!

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Skyfall, the 23rd film in the hugely successful James Bond franchise is off to a great start earning $30.8 million on Friday in North America (that estimate includes midnight shows of $2.4 million). With the additional $2.2 million from special exclusive preview runs at 463 Imax and plf locations on Thursday, the film has earned $33 million thus far in North America and enjoyed a per-theater average on Friday of 8,787 at 3,505 locations. This sets the film up for the biggest debut weekend in North America for Bond with around $80 million. For comparison 2008’s Quantum of Solace earned $27,007,026 on its debut Friday and went on to earn a then franchise best $67.5 million over the weekend of November 14, 2008.

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With around $346.8 million already in the international bank vault through last Thursday, Skyfall by the end of the weekend could be flirting with (dare we say?!) a $500 million worldwide gross!

Here is the official word from Sony Pictures: Sony Pictures, MGM and EON Productions had a phenomenal first day of wide release on Skyfall as the 23rd James Bond adventure took in $30.8 million on Friday in North America. That estimate includes midnight shows. With the additional $2.2 million from special exclusive preview runs at 463 Imax and plf locations on Thursday, we are up to $33 m.

For comparison, Here are the Bond titles for which we have the opening weekend numbers:

TITLE & DISTRIBUTOR OPENING WEEKEND GROSS
A VIEW TO A KILL (UA) – $10,687,114
LIVING DAYLIGHTS, THE (MGM) – $11,051,318
LICENCE TO KILL (MGM) – $8,774,776
GOLDENEYE (MGM) – $26,205,007
TOMORROW NEVER DIES (MGM)- $25,143,007
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (MGM) – $35,519,007
DIE ANOTHER DAY (MGM) – $47,042,040
CASINO ROYALE (SONY) – $40,833,156
QUANTUM OF SOLACE (SONY) – $67,528,882

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