James Bond is seeing green unlike anything he has seen before. Box office reports have the critically praised 007 film Skyfall debuting to $87.8 million – not counting the $2.2 million it earned on Thursday in IMAX theaters – the biggest opening for a James Bond movie ever. Even when adjusted for inflation.
Skyfall‘s box office weekend was also the seventh largest opening weekend gross of all time for the month of November, according to BoxOffice.com. The movie has now earned $436 million worldwide and based on reviews and audience reception, there’s a lot more where that came from.
In limited release, Lincoln earned $900,000 from only 11 locations this weekend, giving it a per-theater average of $81,818. The movie expands much wider next weekend, and with strong reviews (except from us) and lots of buzz, it should start its long march toward the Academy Awards in proper fashion.