'Skyfall' Claims Top Spot on Box Office With Impressive Opening
As many have predicted before, "Skyfall" rules the North American box office with an impressive result on its debut weekend. The twenty-third installment of the James Bond film franchise grabs $88.3 million in its first week, marking Sony Pictures' ninth No.1 movie in 2012.
The Sam Mendes-directed movie also scores the biggest North American opening for a 007 movie so far. Back in mid-November 2008, "Quantum of Solace" took in $67.2 million on its first weekend, while in November 2006 "Casino Royale" opened to $40.8 million. Premiering overseas a few weeks before being screened Stateside, the latest Bond film has reached $518.6 million worldwide so far.
Thanks to "Skyfall", domestic box office revenue is increasing 27% over the same weekend in 2011. Of the massive success, Sony president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer says, "It's been a wild, fantastic ride. The holds have been extraordinary and people will want to see this film again and again."
The Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem-starring spy movie is made with the budget of $200 million. It scores a glowing "A" CinemaScore in addition to receiving positive reviews and being dubbed "the best Bond film so far" by some critics. The actioner attracts to 75% audience over the age of 25 with 60% of the ticketbuyers are males.
Securing the runner-up spot is last week's champion "Wreck-It Ralph" with $33 million for a total cume of $93.6 million in its second week. "Flight" and "Argo" land on the third and fourth places with $14.7 million and $6.6 million respectively. Rounding up the top five is "Taken 2" with $4 million.
In box office specialty, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" grosses $944,308 from only 11 cities with an impressive location average of $81,818. The history movie garners "A" CinemaScores and strong reviews and will be expanded to nationwide release on November 16.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for November 9 -11:
- "Skyfall" - $88.3 million
- "Wreck-It Ralph" - $33 million
- "Flight" - $14.7 million
- "Argo" - $6.6 million
- "Taken 2" - $4 million
- "Cloud Atlas" - $2.6 million
- "The Man with the Iron Fists" - $2.5 million
- "Pitch Perfect" - $2.5 million
- "Here Comes the Boom" - $2.5 million
- "Hotel Transylvania" - $2.4 million
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