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Cinema’s most famous spy is more popular than ever.
The James Bond pic Skyfall, marking Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007, continues to break records overseas, where it opened two weeks ahead of its Nov. 8 North American debut and has grossed $96.5 million in less than a week.
The Sony and MGM movie directed by Sam Mendes will hit $100 million in ticket sales by Thursday.
In the U.K., the Sony and MGM movie torched the all-time record for a Monday with $6.8 million, beating the record of roughly $5 million set last year by the final Harry Potter film. The four-day U.K. total is a massive $39.3 million.
Skyfall posted a Monday gross of $386,000 in Brazil, more than 80 percent ahead of 2008 Bond installment Quantum of Solace. The pic’s four-day cume there is $3.6 million.
The movie’s four-day cume in France is $12.8 million, $9.2 million in Russia and $6.5 million in South Korea.
Skyfall opens Nov. 8 in North America on Imax and other large-format screens before rolling out everywhere a day later.
During the weekend, Skyfall drew the biggest U.K. opening for the franchise and the second-biggest opening the country has ever seen, grossing $32.4 million.
Skyfall producers Michael G. Wilson andBarbara Broccoli said they were “overwhelmed with the reaction to Skyfall this weekend” in the U.K. “It is particularly thrilling as the U.K. is home to James Bond and it being the 50th anniversary year,” the duo said in a statement.
The film has a strong shot at surpassing 2006’s Casino Royale to become the top-grossing Bond pic. Craig’s first film as Bond earned $599 million worldwide, including $432 million internationally.
Skyfall is doing big business in Imax theaters. During the weekend, 79 theaters in 15 territories generated $3.5 million in ticket sales, the exhibitor’s largest opening ever for a nonholiday, nonsummer title.
“This picture has such an incredible DNA, and to be so loved by critics and audiences alike will push it be one of the biggest, if not biggest, Bond pics,” Sony worldwide president of distribution Rory Bruer said.
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