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Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise, is finally opening in North America this weekend, after dominating the foreign box office for nearly two weeks. It has already become the top-grossing Bond film of all time in the UK and is poised to have the biggest North American opening in the franchise’s 50-year history.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Skyfall is expected to zoom past $70 million this weekend, topping Quantum of Solace’s $67.5 million opening in 2008. The film, which is produced by Sony, MGM and Eon Productions, has already crossed $320 million internationally.
Deadline noted on Thursday that the film has already grossed $91.07 million in the UK alone, passing Casino Royale’s $88.8 million total in 2006.
Skyfall has been critically acclaimed, unlike the last Daniel Craig-starring Bond film, Quantum. This is Craig’s third time playing the character and the star-studded cast also includes Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Berenice Marlohe. Sam Mendes directed the film.
Box Office Mojo notes that Skyfall is also opening at 3,505 locations, the widest release ever for a Bond film.
Skyfall is the only new film opening in wide release this weekend, so Wreck-It Ralph and Flight should have decent second weekends. The Disney animated film, which set records last week, could add around $33 million.
Flight, which stars Denzel Washington, is predicted to add around $16 million.
The headlining limited release of the weekend is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which is opening at just 11 theaters. Next weekend, it hits 1,500 locations.