He means business: Skyfall smashes UK records, shooting to number one in 25 overseas markets and grossing $77.7m in its opening weekend

It’s been the most anticipated movie of the year, with excitement brewing since the James Bond cast launched the first Skyfall premiere in London last week.

And while it was tipped to be popular, the 23rd movie in the spy franchise has now certainly made a huge impact.

Not only did it smash box office records in the UK in its opening weekend, but the movie instantly became the number one film in an astonishing 25 markets overseas.

And if that wasn’t enough, it also grossed $77.7 million with its opening weekend of release.

The film, starring Daniel Craig in his third outing as 007 as well as new Bond girls Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe, opened to an astonishing $32.4 million (£20.1 million) in Britain alone.

According to Deadline.com, the figure means that it is the biggest opening weekend for a film in 2012 so far, it smashed the all-time Saturday attendance record AND was even the second biggest Friday to Sunday opening off all time in the UK.

Only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes in front of Skyfall for that record.

The film also left scores of other countries shaken and stirred, including the likes of France, Russia, Korea, Bulgaria and Brazil.

It also proved that Craig’s popularity in the iconic role is rising as figures dramatically beat his first two turns as the super spy.

Deadline reports that Skyfall’s launch was 76 per cent bigger than his first Bond movie, Casino Royale.

And it was 30 per cent bigger than 2008’s Quantum Of Solace.

The statistics seem to suggest the film could go on to smash even more records, with Hollywood expecting it to top Quantum Of Solace overall, which grossed a total of $586m (£367.4 m).

Meanwhile 2006’s Casino Royale grossed $594.2m (£372.5m) in total, making it the highest grossing film in the Bond Franchise to date.

From : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2224591/Skyfall-smashes-UK-records-shooting-number-25-overseas-markets-grossing-77-7m-opening-weekend.html

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