mmm Heartburn for no apparent reason. Always fun.
After setting numerous box office records around the globe, it appears the trend is being kept alive and well in the U.S. for the 23rd Bond film to be the highest grossing yet.
Skyfall has already racked up $428 million internationally, and now it can $87.8 to its global tally from its opening weekend in the U.S. The previous record holder for the U.S. box office was Quantum of Solace with $168.3 million, and this film looks to easily surpass that as it’s opening weekend was a full $20 million higher. It seems the world just can’t get enough of Daniel Craig as James Bond.
Coming in second was Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph with a very respectable 32.6 percent decline in its second weekend. The movie brought in another $33 million to bring its domestic total to $93.6 million.
Flight came in third with a decline of 39.4 percent in spite of adding 163 screens this week.It raked in another $15.1 million for a domestic total of $47.7 million off of a $31 million budget. Not too bad.
It seems you just can’t get rid of Argo as it landed in fourth place with $6.7 million. It’s domestic total of $85 million isn’t huge, but it definitely has staying power.
Rounding out the top five was Taken 2, another film that just keeps hanging on. It brought in another $4 million for a domestic total of $131.2 million off of a $45 million budget. I wonder who will be “taken” in the third film which seems inevitable at this point.
With only 11 screens this weekend, Lincoln starring Daniel-Day Lewis landed in 15th place with $900,000. That’s a per screen average of $81,818, which is pretty darn amazing. The film will go into wide release next weekend.
The only other major release next weekend will be Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which you can safely expect to be at the top of the box office.