Skyfall Brings Down the House

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Even without any real competition, MGM and Sony’s Skyfall still impressed at the North American box office. The 23rd James Bond film earned about $87.8 million domestically, which not only easily won the weekend, but also marked the best-ever opening for the franchise.

That figure gets added to the $428.6 million worldwide tally Skyfall has collected in its two weeks of release, bringing the Sam Mendes-directed film has earned a whopping $518.4 million. It’s on track to outperform Daniel Craig’s previous two Bond installments, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

The top five was rounded out by Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph ($33 million), Paramount’s Flight ($15 million), Warner Bros.’ Argo ($6.745 million) and Fox’s Taken 2 ($4 million).

The other opening was a limited, 110city release for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which landed at No. 15 with $900,000. That might not seem like a lot, but that breaks down to $81,818 per location, which is nothing to sneeze at. Lincoln opens wide on Friday.

This weekend will see the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, so expect another big weekend for the box office.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, Box Office Mojo)