(Image source: Sony Pictures/”Skyfall”)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

James Bond returned to U.S. theaters Friday in Skyfall — marking Daniel Craig’s third turn as 007 and the Bond franchise’s biggest opening weekend at the box office ever.

 

The 23rd Bond film finds 007 questioning his loyalty to M and revisiting his origins — with plenty of nods to classic Bond lore.

 

“Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.”

 

In the three days since Skyfall’s Nov. 9 opening in the U.S., the film has pulled in $87.8 million at the box office. That by far tops the previous record holder 2008’s Quantum of Solace, which took $67.5 million, and 2006’s Casino Royale with $40.8 million.

 

And Bond has seen especially huge numbers internationally, racking up $518.6 million in theaters worldwide — a nice haul even for a film that cost $200 million to make. According to Entertainment Weekly, Skyfall is most popular internationally in the United Kingdom.

 

“...where it has earned ($117.5 million) in 17 days … the 4th highest grossing film in British history. Skyfall will easily become the first Bond film to surpass $600 million worldwide.”

 

So, why the big numbers? You might say absence makes the heart grow fonder.

 

After just a two-year wait between the last two Bond films, fans have waded through four years of reshuffling at Eon Productions and MGM Studios, the makers of the Bond franchise, since Quantum of Solace debuted to mixed reviews.

 

There’s also Adele’s chart-topping single of the same name to thank. The film’s title song written and performed by the Grammy winner has debuted at the 13 spot on the BillBoard Hot 100.

 

Then add in big names like director Sam Mendes — the man behind 1999’s American Beauty ...

 

... and actor Javier Bardem, who’s already won an Oscar for playing a villain in No Country for Old Men.

 

“You stand to win everything. Call it.”

 

And giving Skyfall an even bigger profile boost, the film marked an important anniversary for Bond — 50 years since the franchise’s screen debut in 1962’s Dr. No.

 

“Bond. James Bond.”

 

Skyfall also stands to benefit from good word of mouth. As of Sunday evening, 91 percent of critics on RottenTomatoes.com give it the thumbs up, and iconic film critic Roger Ebert says it’s the rare film that both charms new audiences and pleases the franchise faithful.

 

“This is a brand-new Bond with love and respect for the old Bond … Just as Christopher Nolan gave rebirth to the Batman movies in ‘The Dark Knight,’ here is James Bond lifted up, dusted off, set back on his feet and ready for another 50 years.”

'Skyfall' Topples 007 Box Office Records

by Zach Toombs
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Nov 11, 2012

'Skyfall' Topples 007 Box Office Records

(Image source: Sony Pictures/”Skyfall”)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

James Bond returned to U.S. theaters Friday in Skyfall — marking Daniel Craig’s third turn as 007 and the Bond franchise’s biggest opening weekend at the box office ever.

 

The 23rd Bond film finds 007 questioning his loyalty to M and revisiting his origins — with plenty of nods to classic Bond lore.

 

“Some men are coming to kill us. We’re going to kill them first.”

 

In the three days since Skyfall’s Nov. 9 opening in the U.S., the film has pulled in $87.8 million at the box office. That by far tops the previous record holder 2008’s Quantum of Solace, which took $67.5 million, and 2006’s Casino Royale with $40.8 million.

 

And Bond has seen especially huge numbers internationally, racking up $518.6 million in theaters worldwide — a nice haul even for a film that cost $200 million to make. According to Entertainment Weekly, Skyfall is most popular internationally in the United Kingdom.

 

“...where it has earned ($117.5 million) in 17 days … the 4th highest grossing film in British history. Skyfall will easily become the first Bond film to surpass $600 million worldwide.”

 

So, why the big numbers? You might say absence makes the heart grow fonder.

 

After just a two-year wait between the last two Bond films, fans have waded through four years of reshuffling at Eon Productions and MGM Studios, the makers of the Bond franchise, since Quantum of Solace debuted to mixed reviews.

 

There’s also Adele’s chart-topping single of the same name to thank. The film’s title song written and performed by the Grammy winner has debuted at the 13 spot on the BillBoard Hot 100.

 

Then add in big names like director Sam Mendes — the man behind 1999’s American Beauty ...

 

... and actor Javier Bardem, who’s already won an Oscar for playing a villain in No Country for Old Men.

 

“You stand to win everything. Call it.”

 

And giving Skyfall an even bigger profile boost, the film marked an important anniversary for Bond — 50 years since the franchise’s screen debut in 1962’s Dr. No.

 

“Bond. James Bond.”

 

Skyfall also stands to benefit from good word of mouth. As of Sunday evening, 91 percent of critics on RottenTomatoes.com give it the thumbs up, and iconic film critic Roger Ebert says it’s the rare film that both charms new audiences and pleases the franchise faithful.

 

“This is a brand-new Bond with love and respect for the old Bond … Just as Christopher Nolan gave rebirth to the Batman movies in ‘The Dark Knight,’ here is James Bond lifted up, dusted off, set back on his feet and ready for another 50 years.”

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