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'Skyfall' soars to top of box office with $87.8M debut

Daniel Craig appears in a still image from a scene in the 2012 James Bond film, 'Skyfall.' (Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.)
November 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
"Skyfall" marked a new high for Bond's opening-weekend revenue, hauling in a franchise-record $87.8 million.

Adding in $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, "Skyfall" has taken in $90 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That lifts the worldwide total for "Skyfall" to $518.6 million since it began rolling out overseas in late October. Internationally, the 23rd Bond flick added $89 million this weekend to raise its overseas revenue to $428.6 million.

In his third go 'round as James Bond, Daniel Craig has reinvigorated one of Hollywood's most-enduring franchises.

"It's quite a testament to Bond, considering it's the 50th anniversary. What a great anniversary present," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which produces the Bond films along with MGM.

Disney's animated comedy "Wreck-It-Ralph" came in second with $33.1 million, "Flight" starring Denzel Washington came in third with $15.1 million, Ben Affleck's "Argo" dropped to the No. 4 spot and "Taken 2" came in fifth with $4 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend:

1. "Skyfall," $87.8 million.
2. "Wreck-It Ralph," $33.1 million.
3. "Flight," $15.1 million.
4. "Argo," $6.7 million.
5. "Taken 2," $4 million.
6. "Here Comes the Boom," $2.6 million.
7. "Cloud Atlas," $2.53 million.
8. "Pitch Perfect," $2.5 million.
9. "The Man with the Iron Fists," $2.49 million.
10. "Hotel Transylvania," $2.4 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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