'Skyfall' Becomes First Film to Cross £100 Million Mark at U.K. Box Office

2:36 AM PST 12/31/2012 by Stuart Kemp

The 23rd James Bond installment hits $162.76 million to outperform "Avatar" and become Britain's top-grossing film of all time.

LONDON – Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, has crossed the £100 million ($161.5 million) mark at the U.K. box office, the first film ever to do so.

Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment trumpeted the movie's success on Monday. The 23rd installment of the Bond franchise has now taken $162.76 million ( £100.46 million) at the U.K. box office.

The tally means the Bond film is now the most successful U.K. release in history, overtaking Avatar, which had a lifetime gross of $151.3 million (£94 million) over the course of its 11 months in release in U.K. cinemas.

Skyfall opened in 587 cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland on Oct. 26. The movie has generated more than $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide.

In the movie, Craig returns for his third outing as Ian Fleming’s 007 to find his loyalty to M tested as her past comes back to haunt her.

The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.

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