With its release in the US finally coming this weekend, Mendes’ film has officially become the highest-grossing film of the year here in the UK, surpassing Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (which took .1m.), having now taken £57m. in twelve days, approximately .1m., with the numbers sure to rise in the coming weeks.
Worldwide, the film has done strong business for Sony, taking almost 0m. since last weekend, almost doubling its 0m. budget, and with the US market still left to open this weekend, things couldn’t be looking better.
Unless The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 or The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey can pull ahead in the coming weeks, it’s looking likely that Skyfall will be the highest-grossing film of 2012 come the year’s end.
“In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”
Daniel Craig reprises his role once more as James Bond, joined by an all-star cast, headed up by Javier Bardem, Bérénice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Albert Finney, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace, and Dame Judi Dench.
Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of American Beauty, is making his Bond debut behind the camera, with a script penned by Bond frequents Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and the ever-brilliant John Logan (Gladiator, Coriolanus).
Skyfall is currently still playing in theatres around the UK, and finally arrives in US IMAX theatres today, before opening wide in the States tomorrow, 9th November. Here’s to hoping that it will be breaking records across the Atlantic in the days to come.
London, November 8th – Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment are delighted to announce that Skyfall has become the biggest film at the UK box office in 2012 surpassing The Dark Knight Rises with an extraordinary box office total of over £57m in just 12 days. It is now also the biggest Bond movie of all time in the UK exceeding the £55.6m achieved by Casino Royale in 2006.
In response to this incredible news, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said “We are thrilled and proud to reach this box office landmark in record time and are delighted that UK audiences continue to enjoy Skyfall.”
“We could not be more proud of this amazing achievement. Kudos again to all involved with this film, which clearly delivers on every level,” said Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM.
“Skyfall continues to set records in the UK and all over the world and we could not be more proud of the film and its continued success,” said Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution.
SKYFALL, the 23rd James Bond adventure, continuing the longest running and most successful franchise in film history, opened in 587 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 26th October. It will release in the US on November 9th.
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in SKYFALL™, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.