Fifty years after
After charming international moviegoers, 007 made his way to domestic theaters this weekend and scored the biggest opening ever for the franchise -- not adjusting for inflation.
The film starring
"Skyfall" earned better reviews than any Bond film released in the last four decades, and those who saw it this weekend loved it too. The picture's heavily older male audience -- 75% of whom were over the age of 25 -- assigned the film an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
"Skyfall" raked in an additional $89 million this past weekend from foreign countries, raising its overall tally abroad to $428.6 million. Not surprisingly, the film featuring a British protagonist has performed best in the United Kingdom, where it has so far sold $117.5 million worth of tickets and is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time in the region.
With its current worldwide total of $518.6 million, "Skyfall" is on pace to make up for its expensive marketing costs and $200 million production budget -- 75% of which was financed by MGM, and Sony paid for the rest. The movie will also out-gross 2006's "Casino Royale," which is the biggest Bond to date with its worldwide total of $594 million.
No new films hit theaters nationwide this weekend, as studios were fearful of Bond's dominance at the box office. That left room for recent debuts to expand their audiences, like the 3-D animated family film "Wreck-It Ralph." After claiming the No. 1 position last weekend, the film saw its ticket sales fall only 33% to $33.1 million during its second weekend of release. The movie's total now stands at $93.7 million.
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