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'Skyfall' kills overseas Box Office!

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Oct 28, 2012 | 9:28am EDT

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ALTThe following info is from Sony Pictures: Sony Pictures’ and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s SKYFALL, the 23rd film in the beloved James Bond series, opened overseas in 25 markets and grossed a staggering $77.7 million, #1 everywhere. Setting the pace was, of course, the UK, which opened to an enormous estimated $32.4 million (£20.1). Smashing the all-time Saturday attendance record yesterday, this is the biggest opening of 2012 and the 2nd biggest Friday-to-Sunday opening weekend in history there, behind just the 3D Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2. This launch was 76% bigger than Daniel Craig’s first turn as 007, Casino Royale, and 30% bigger than Quantum Of Solace. Of the $77.7 million on Skyfall, IMAX is estimating a weekend gross of $3.5 mil in 79 locations in 15 territories which include the UK, France, Russia, Korea, Bulgaria, Middle East, Kazakhstan and Brazil. FRANCE bowed with $9.1, 39% more than Casino Royale’s opening Friday to Sunday (beating the entire 5-day opening as well) and just 15% less than Quantum, which opened during a holiday period. RUSSIA opened to $8.6, beating Casino Royale’s first weekend by 171% and Quantum’s by 58%. KOREA managed to take an gigantic 49% of the market, grossing $6.1, which was more than triple Casino Royale’s opening and 58% more than Quantum’s opening Fri-Sun (22% more than Quantum’s entire 4-day opening).

BRAZIL launched with a huge $6.5, the biggest Bond bow ever there, beating Casino’s opening by 130% and Quantum’s by 37%. BELGIUM earned $1.4, up 40% on Casino Royale’s first Friday to Sunday by 40% and 17% on Quantum’s. MGM’s licensees: NORWAY opened to $2.7, capturing well over 65% of the entire market and besting the opening of Casino by 52% and Quantum by 15%. SWEDEN launched with a huge $2.6, the biggest opening of 2012, 27% bigger than the opening of Casino, and just 4% less than Quantum, which opened during a national holiday. DENMARK also opened to $2.6, the biggest non-3D opening ever there, beating Casino by 23% and Quantum by 30%.

POLAND bowed with $2.5, more than tripling the opening weekend of Casino and besting Quantum by 67%. FINLAND earned a huge $1.5, the biggest opening in history there excluding previews, beating Casino Royale’s bow by 82% and Quantum’s by 23%. Other openings include the CZECH REPUBLIC ($.835), ISRAEL ($.825), PORTUGAL ($.630), HUNGARY ($.425), ROMANIA ($.325), SLOVAKIA ($.310), BULGARIA ($.175), and ICELAND ($.155).

Arguably the best Bond film in years, Skyfall will certainly make its mark when it opens in North America on November 9.

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