Highly praised and anticipated, “Skyfall” hit the theaters last week, breaking the box-office record for James Bond movies during the opening weekend.
Who said James Bond can’t draw a crowd anymore?! Partly because of the media and partly the movie itself, “Skyfall” was promoted as the best James Bond movie ever. It was just enough to draw more patrons to the movie theaters in the US than any other James Bond movie before. “Skyfall” and Daniel Craig made it in the record books with the biggest James Bond opening.
“Skyfall” is the third James Bond movie for Daniel Craig. However, this was definitely the film that has consecrated Daniel Craig as the 007 agent. He was so good even Sir Roger Moore thinks Daniel Craig was “brilliant” and his performance has “guaranteed Bond another 50 years of life”. Director Sam Mendes was also praised, but most surprising positive reviews were for the villain part, played by Javier Bardem.
In the worldwide box office numbers, “Skyfall” earned $518.6 million. Over the weekend, Daniel Craig’s third James Bond movie opened in the United States. It swept away previous opening records held by previous 007 movies with $87.8 million. On the overall, the weekend added another $89 million to the worldwide revenue produced by the movie.
The previous record for a James Bond movie opening in the United States was held by “Quantum of Solace”, which made $67.5 million in its debut weekend four years ago. “Skyfall” also brought in twice the earnings “Casino Royale” made in the debut. It was Daniel Craig’s first movie playing the 007 character and earned only $40.8 million in the box office debut.
Sony, the studio that produces the James Bond movies, is thrilled to see Daniel Craig is finally catching on. “It’s quite a testament to Bond, considering it’s the 50th anniversary. What a great anniversary present” Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been a wild, fantastic ride. The holds have been extraordinary and people will want to see this film again and again” he added.
“Skyfall” is currently at the top of the weekend box office, pushing Disney’s “Wreck-It-Ralph” to position No. 2.