The latest James Bond film is also the biggest. According to Sony, "Skyfall" -- which marks 50 years of James Bond onscreen over the course of 23 films -- grossed $30.8 million on Friday night, the largest debut day in the history of the franchise. "Quantum of Solace," the last Bond film released, 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 Deadline.com, 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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