Skyfall beats Avatar to become UK's highest grossing film of all time - could it win Best Picture?


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The latest James Bond film has taken just 40 days to beat the previous record for the highest-grossing film ever at the UK Box Office.

The record was previously held by James Cameron's 3D sci-fi adventure Avatar.

Daniel Craig’s third Bond adventure surpassed Avatar’s record of just over £94m – which it took 11 months to accumulate in 2009 – in just 40 days. It has now taken a total of £94,277,612.

Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli issued a statement saying: "We're overwhelmed with gratitude to the cinema-going audiences in the UK who have made Skyfall the highest-grossing film of all time.

"We are very proud of this film and thank everybody, especially Daniel Craig [Bond, James Bond] and Sam Mendes [director], who have contributed to its success."

They said, putting gold bars into the safe.

There is some speculation, however, that this is just due to high ticket prices...

There are also rumours that Skyfall could be in the running to become the first ever Bond film to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Do you think it deserves the prize?