SUNDAY AM, 8TH UPDATE: Sony Pictures, MGM, and Eon Productions just announced that Skyfall, the 23rd and biggest grossing in the James Bond flick series, earned another $89.0M million this weekend overseas bringing the international total to $428.6 million.
With this weekend’s $90M opening in the U.S. and Canada, the Sam Mendes-directed, John Logan-scripted, Daniel Craig-starring actioner now has an estimated $518.6M worldwide.
Yowza!I’ve tried to give continuous updates all weekend with domestic box office numbers for Skyfall and DreamWorks Studios/Fox/Disney’s Lincoln, both of which received great reviews going into Friday and sparked intense industry interest.
Total moviegoing this weekend through Sunday was $160M, more than half of it from 007, so that’s a very nice +20% more than last year.
“Skyfall blew past all expectations for the film,” gushed a Sony exec today, calling it “the biggest juggernaut in the history of the James Bond franchise”.
Despite a four year hiatus during which some cynics thought 007 had jumped the shark, Skyfall opened in North America much larger than anyone thought. Rival studios thought Sony was low-balling with its $75M pre-release estimate.
And on Saturday morning, the studio begged me to lower my sources’ $88M weekend estimate.
But the actual number is $87.8M ($31.7M Friday, $33.9M Saturday, and an estimated $22.2M Sunday).
Add in Thursday’s select 463 IMAX preview screenings and ...... See Complete Article @ Deadline Hollywood