James Bond Soars With Record $87.8M Skyfall U.S. Debut

Javier Bardem, Daniel Craig and Judi Dench pose at a photocall for the new James Bond film 'Skyfall' at The Dorchester Hotel in London on October 22, 2012 Javier Bardem, Daniel Craig and Judi Dench pose at a photocall for the new James Bond film 'Skyfall' at The Dorchester Hotel in London on October 22, 2012

The sky’s the limit for James Bond’s “Skyfall.”

The 23rd Bond film hauled in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at U.S. theaters.

According to distributor Sony, adding $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at large-format theaters, “Skyfall” has taken in $90 million domestically.

That lifts the worldwide total for “Skyfall” to around half a billion dollars once its weekend haul is counted overseas, where the film began rolling out in late October. As of last Thursday, “Skyfall” had rung up nearly $350 million internationally.

The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, “Skyfall” outdid the $67.5 million U.S. debut of 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” the franchise’s previous best opening.

“Skyfall” more than doubled the $40.8 million debut of Craig’s first Bond film, 2006’s “Casino Royale.”

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