Bond film Skyfall breaks $1bn record at global box office; Global and Australian box office numbers

Bond film Skyfall breaks $1bn record at global box office; Global and Australian box office numbers

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The famous spy adventure has also become the first movie to earn at least 100 million pounds in ticket sales in Britain, the Telegraph reported. The Sam Mendes-directed film, which was released 50 years after the franchise’s first movie Dr No in 1962, has now become the highest earning out of all of the 23 James Bond instalments.

The film’s executives announced that it had now earned at least 1 billion dollars (620 million pounds) at the global box office, with 710.6 million dollars (440 million pounds) being made outside of North America.

Despite falling out of the week’s top 10 films in the US, the James Bond film is only the third movie to cross 1-billion-dollar mark in worldwide ticket sales this year, after The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

Over the weekend, the film took a further 1.4 million dollars (867,000 pounds) in Britain, bringing its total earnings to 161.6 million dollars, making it the first film to break the 100-million-pound barrier in the UK.

Before Skyfall, Avatar was the highest grossing film in Britain, taking more than 94 million pounds at the UK box office during its cinematic release.

Since its release in October, Skyfall has broken several box office records. In its first three weeks of release it grossed more than the combined earnings of the two previous Bond movies, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale.


Skyfall #1 globally

The latest James Bond film Skyfall has become the first movie ever to take STG100 million ($157 million) at the British box office, it has been announced.

The 23rd official Bond film surpassed the landmark after becoming the highest-grossing film ever in Britain earlier this month when it overtook the STG94 million generated by Avatar.

Skyfall achieved the figure in just 40 days, while Avatar (2009) took 11 months to reach its total.

Globally, the new Bond film has taken more than $US1 billion ($969 million).

It is a mark of the franchise's continuing appeal as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Daniel Craig's third appearance as British secret agent Bond is still on general release more than two months after it first hit British cinemas.

The movie sees Bond battling with villain Raoul Silva (played by Javier Bardem), who aims to take revenge on his former boss M (Judi Dench).


Skyfall and Avengers get top box office results

Hollywood has had its most successful year at the box office.

Films such as Skyfall and The Avengers helped film studios sell $10.8bn in tickets in 2012.

For the first time in three years sales of tickets in the US went as moviegoer flocked to see big budget flicks.

The sci-fi film The Avengers featuring super heroes from Thor to The Hulk was the most successful film of the year taking $1.5bn worldwide.

The latest in the Batman series 'The Dark Night Rises' snatched $1.1bn at the box office while Daniel Craig's third appearance as James Bond in Skyfall was also a mega success.

The 23rd Bond film is expected to pass the $1bn mark by the end of the year making it by far the most successful of the 50 year old franchise.

Other blockbusters included The Hunger Games, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two.

Animation films such as Ice Age: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Brave were also box office hits taking more than $500m.

Ticket sales were helped by many of the films being shown in 3-D and at Imax movie theatres were prices for individual tickets were more expensive.

Hollywood executives are confident they will hit $11bn in sales for 2103.

Films such as Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty about the hunt for Osama bin Laden are expected to get 2013 off to a huge start.

'If we deliver the product as an industry that people want, they will want to get out there,' said Don Harris, head of distribution at Paramount Pictures.

'Even though you can sit at home and watch something on your large screen in high-def, people want to get out.'