‘Skyfall’ becomes top pic at U.K. B.O. this year

Film is biggest Bond movie of all time in Blighty

LONDON

“Skyfall” has become the U.K.’s highest grossing film of 2012, and the most successful James Bond film of all-time in Blighty after just 12 days on release.

Grossing £57.05 million ($91.9 million) through Tuesday, the film beat “The Dark Knight Rises” ($88.2 million) and “The Avengers” ($83.4 million).

The 23rd James Bond film, released to coincide with the franchises’ 50th anniversary, also surpassed the U.K. gross of previous top-earning Bond title, “Casino Royale,” which took £55.6 million ($105 million) in 2006.

The film has single-handedly turned around U.K. box office woes. On Oct. 25, the day before the release of “Skyfall,” B.O. for the year stood at $1.43 billion, down 4.2% against the same period in 2011. By Wednesday, Bond’s 13th day in release, the U.K. B.O. had risen to $1.57 billion, up 0.25% year-on-year.

The film had already recorded the biggest opening week in U.K. history, grossing $59.9 million to beat “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which took $57.6 million in its first seven days. It was also the fastest film to surpass £50 million in Blighty, achieving it on day 10.

After 13 days on release, “Skyfall” has taken $96.1 million in U.K. and Ireland. It opened in the U.S. on Imax screens on Thursday and expands to regular screens Friday.

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