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Biggest Bond Ever: 'Skyfall' Grosses Record $30.8 Million On Friday

The latest James Bond film is also the biggest. "Skyfall," which marks 50 years of James Bond onscreen over the course of 23 films, grossed $30.8 million on Friday night, according to Sony, the largest debut day in the history of the franchise. "Quantum of Solace," the last Bond film, earned $27 million on its first Friday night in 2008; that film went on to gross $67.5 million during its opening weekend, a record for the series.

With an additional $2.2 million in IMAX sales from an exclusive run on Thursday night, "Skyfall" is already up to $33 million in North America. Per, the film could earn as much as $90 million over the three-day weekend, which would be a new Bond record. (Sony, the studio releasing "Skyfall" in North America, is more bearish on the totals, with an estimate of around $75-$80 million for the weekend; that result would also count as a record opening.)

Meanwhile, overseas, "Skyfall" continues impress: The film had earned $321 million internationally as of Wednesday, meaning its global tally could be over $500 million by the time Monday morning rolls around. That would put the Sam Mendes film on track to break the global record for Bond films held by "Casino Royale," which earned $594 million in 2006. ("Quantum of Solace" earned $586 million around the world.)

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by Dame Judi Denchreply 3112/31/2012

Movie reviewers have given way to accountants.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 111/11/2012

Sausage chick flicks always do well. Adult men always get misty-eyed and emotional when an unattractive middle-aged man has a sheer endless supply of remote controlled gadgets and scores pussy way out of his league, most importantly though, lots of shit blows up.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 211/11/2012

It was a good "Bond" movie. Serviceable plot, exciting action, decent acting, high energy.

You know what you're getting when you go to a movie like this. If it's your sort of thing, you'll enjoy it. If it's not, then you shouldn't waste your time.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 311/11/2012

r2 - "unattractive middle-aged man" - I wouldn't climb over him to get to you lovey.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 411/11/2012

[r4], sorry, dear, Craig has a face for radio.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 511/11/2012

Who's looking at Craig's face? There's a reason they have about five shirtless scenes.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 611/11/2012

Adjust that number for inflation and it becomes The Most Middling Bond Ever.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 711/11/2012

Of course each Bond film is going to do better than the last. Movie tickets are now $13. During the first Bond film they were probably $1.50.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 811/11/2012

It distresses me that the villain in this movie is a stylized Julian Assange. I feld uncomfortable cheering for Bond given the Tory themes.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 911/11/2012

IMAX tickets are $19.00

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1011/11/2012

When I was a theater manager in the 80's I wld sell out Octopussy in large screen 70MM and with the Bargain matinee until 6:00pm, admission for a family of four would be $14.00

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1111/11/2012

I wanted to like it but the minute they killed M it became "the Bond movie where they killed M". Q as a teenage nerd and a black Miss Moneypenny made this too disorienting for fans, as well as not starting the movie with Bond in the gunsites. It was different for the sake of being different. M being killed makes me not want to even consider this installment canon!

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1211/11/2012

The villian is a "stylized Julian Assange" and in Batman the villan was Occupy Wall Street... How grotesque that Hollywood feeds us such rightwing bs.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1311/11/2012

It reboots the franchise, R13.

I think the Harry Potter wanna-be was cute. Desmond Llewelyn is gone after all and he needed to be replaced.

I did like Ralph Fiennes too. He seemed loyal to the group and know knows first-hand how hard Bond will fight.

The Moneypenny reveal was a complete surprise. They always have had a flirty relationship and it will be cute to see them flirt, as they've always done.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1411/11/2012

Oops, sorry, meant R12, not R 13

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1511/11/2012

No Bond film has ever had such a distinguished cast, and the focus was on character. I liked it.

But why did Bond fall after the "take the shot" order? Apparently his only wound came from the assassin using the uranium bullets.

Biggest opening weekend, adjusted for inflation, of any Bond film.

[quote]Desmond Llewelyn is gone after all and he needed to be replaced.

I beg your pardon. --John Cleese

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1611/11/2012

I thought it was a lot of fun and looked gorgeous. I'm convinced Craig's ass tastes like vanilla ice cream.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1711/11/2012

The movie made 90 MILLION dollars this weekend.

Amazing! Best Bond movie opening ever.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1811/11/2012

I loved it. Lots if action, interesting villain, great story, much needed humor, and beautifully shot. I liked that Skyfall was kind of like Bond's "rosebud". It could have been about 20 minutes shorter though, but it was great.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 1911/11/2012

I was into it until the final act. Home Alone in Scotland. They take on the villain without stopping for weapons or making a call for backup?

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2011/11/2012

My theater audience groaned because M was using a flashlight on the moors when the stakes were so high.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2111/11/2012

The total amount means nothing as there are simply more access to more people.

For instance in 1945 China had only HALF a billion people most with NO access to movies. Now it has 1.4 Billion people and almost all have access to movies.

The USA is similarly bigger. Plus there are far, far, FAR fewer releases now, so each release will be much bigger, simply because there is much less to choose from.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2211/12/2012

at least MGM stays around for a while now

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2311/12/2012

[quote]I was into it until the final act. Home Alone in Scotland. They take on the villain without stopping for weapons or making a call for backup?

That troubled me, too. They made the point that Silva would see any electronic communications and they wanted to lure him up there by making it seem that he had cleverly found them. They presented it as a trap. (They didn't anticipate the private army.) But Silva was after M, so all they really needed to do was let him know where she was, and he'd have come after her, no matter who was with her.

The bits of nostalgia (presumably to honor the 50th anniversary of the series) were fun, but made no sense. They showed this Bond win an Aston Martin DB5 in a poker game in Casino Royale, but that car was not from the MI6 armory with all the "modifications." In any case it was all but destroyed in the opening car chase of Quantum of Solace. And was the old MI6 headquarters preserved as a museum with every piece of furniture and art preserved just in case it was ever needed again?

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2411/12/2012

[quote]Movie tickets are now $13

Unless you are in NY or LA--- Do you have Cinemark Theatres in your area? Matinees pricing for adults is $4.00 to 6PM. tack on additional $2.00 for 3D.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2511/12/2012

I think Daniel Craig looked gorgeous in those Tom Ford suits. He can rock a suit like no other Bond. Lucky Rachel Weitz.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2611/25/2012

I just saw it. The whole premise is that Silva was mad at M? What was his major issue with her - I couldn't understand most of Bardem's slurring.

All that drama because of bad HR at MI-5?

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2712/30/2012

The plot was kind of nonsensical in a logical sense and appallingly retrograde in a political sense but I enjoyed the hell out of this movie. Bardem was a fantastic queer-baiting villain, that gorgeous hapa girl was a very compelling femme fatale/rape victim, Dench was great as the authority figure who is replaced by a fortysomething white man by the end of the movie, etc.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2812/30/2012

Dull, dull, dull. Way over praised. Love Dame Judi, but neither she, not anyone else in this by-the-numbers borefest is getting nominated for anything.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 2912/30/2012

I don't think the makers of the film were expecting it to get any Oscar nominations, R29 - Bond films rarely do.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 3012/31/2012

Really deeply boring movie that does not in any way live up to the hype.

by Dame Judi Denchreply 3112/31/2012
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