The sky was the limit for the new James Bond film at the weekend box office.
The 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, opened with an estimated 87.8 million dollars from Friday, November 9th, through Sunday, November 11th, a U.S. debut record for the franchise. The total surpassed the 67.5 million raked in by the 2008 Bond flick Quantum of Solace during its premiere weekend.
Skyfall also earned 2.2 million dollars from Thursday-night previews. Overall, it has collected 518.6 million worldwide, having opened in several foreign markets before arriving in the U.S.
Last week’s box office champ, Wreck-It Ralph, fell to second place, drawing 33.1 million.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln opened strongly in limited release, raising 900 thousand dollars in just 11 theaters. It expands nationwide this Friday, November 16th.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:
1. Skyfall, $87.8 million.
2. Wreck-It Ralph, $33.1 million.
3. Flight, $15.1 million.
4. Argo, $6.7 million.
5. Taken 2, $4 million.
6. Here Comes the Boom, $2.6 million.
7. Cloud Atlas, $2.53 million.
8. Pitch Perfect, $2.5 million.
9. The Man with the Iron Fists, $2.49 million.
10. Hotel Transylvania, $2.4 million.
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