Skyfall becomes first film in history to take £100 million at British box office
The Sam Mendes-directed movie starring Daniel Craig has taken $1bn worldwide making it the 007 franchise's most-successful film yet
Monday 31 December 2012
After the critical disappointment of Quantum of Solace and financial troubles at studio MGM, a new Bond film may have seemed like a gamble. Yet, Skyfall has paid off spectacularly after it became the first film in box office history to take more than £100m in the UK.
The news comes a day after it emerged the 23rd film in the Bond franchise had taken more than $1bn worldwide, the most successful in the 50 year series.
Skyfall, which stars Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, has now taken more than previous record holder Avatar in the UK, which raked in £94m at the box office.
Craig has signed up for two more films as Bond, with the latest in the series expected possibly as early as 2014.
The latest Bond movie was initially delayed over uncertainty around distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s future. Skyfall will be a welcome boost to the studio that was forced to put itself up for sale after reaching the brink of bankruptcy.
It was the third blockbuster to hit $1bn in ticket sales this year after Avengers Assemble and The Dark Knight Rises.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes