This news is no surprise, but James Bond is certainly back with a blast as Skyfall opened at the weekend in UK&Ireland it has been nothing but a successful. In it’s 50th year James Bond movie 23 looks like it’s wiped away old demons of Quantum of Solace with a box office return of £20.1 million weekend open and with fantastic reviews (read our here) UK’s greatest fictional spy is back on form.
The box office return broke a few records for the franchise including the best Saturday box office sales however the great return marks the second biggest 3 day opening box office with Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 been the best. Skyfall was highest weekend opening, best 2D opening but $20.1million was only for UK box, the film also opened in various other countries around the world too
Deadline have reported the film has taken in $77.7million (£51 million) over 25 markets world wide with no surprise the film has went straight to number one as it’s done here with France taking in $9.1million and Russia $8.6million. This is fantastic news for the film a sigh of relief that the iconic franchise is back on form but also exciting future as the film hasn’t opened completely worldwide including the biggest market USA which is November 9th.
To further the great news for James Bond writer John Logan is set to return for James Bond 24 and 25 . According to The Hollywood Reporter Logan will write a two part story, a story which was not written by Ian Fleming, so exciting and original fun times ahead for 007!
Here’s the official press release Sony Pictures have sent us:
SKYFALL GOES STRAIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE UK BOX OFFICE WITH THE BEST BOND OPENING EVER
London, October 29th – Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment are delighted to announce that Skyfall made history this weekend as it opened to an incredible £20.1 million at the UK box office, making it the biggest Bond opening weekend of all time.
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.
In response to the #1 UK opening, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said “We are absolutely overwhelmed with the reaction to Skyfall this weekend. It is particularly thrilling as the UK is home to James Bond and it being the 50th anniversary year.”
“This staggering box office result clearly demonstrates that the filmmakers behind SKYFALL, director Sam Mendes and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, have delivered a film that the fans have been eagerly awaiting,” said Gary Barber, Chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. “We are proud to be partners with EON and Sony on SKYFALL and look forward to sharing the movie with audiences across the globe.”
“Sony Pictures is proud of its part in bringing this great film to audiences around the world and to have Skyfall embraced at such unprecedented levels is tremendously exciting,” said Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution.
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.