Skyfall tops North American weekend box office charts

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The newest Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ has topped the weekend box office charts in North America, its debut garnering a staggering $87.8 million.

This is said to be the biggest domestic opening for a Bond movie behind ‘Quantum of Solace’ which opened in 2008 with $67.5 million and ‘Casino Royale’ in 2006 with $40.8 million.

In its overseas release two weeks ago, ‘Skyfall’ has raked in $89 million on its opening weekend, making a worldwide total of $428.6 million. It is expected to gross more than ‘Quantum’ ($586.1 million) and ‘Casino Royale’ ($594.2 million).

Second on the North American box office weekend chart is Disney’s ‘Wreck It Ralph’ with $33.1 million. ‘Flight,’ starring Denzel Washington grabs third with $15.1million and Ben Afleck’s ‘Argo’ on fourth with $6.7 million.

Liam Neeson’s ‘Taken 2′ stays on the chart with $4 million and ‘Here Comes the Boom’ with $2.6 million. ‘Cloud Atlas’ lands seventh spot with $2.53 million and ‘Pitch Perfect’ returns to the list on eighth with $2.5 million. ‘The Man With the Iron Fists’ stays close with $2.49 million. ‘Hotel Transylvania’ stays on the list at number ten with $2.4 million.

Meanwhile, ‘Lincoln,’ starring Daniel Day Lewis has grossed an impressive $900,000 after its limited release in only 11 screens, its per-screen average totaling over $80,000.

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