Pic bests past Craig-starrers, brings in $32.5 mil in U.K.
The 23rd James Bond pic “Skyfall” came onto the international box office scene two weeks ahead of its U.S. bow, and ready for action. The movie grossed a stellar $80.6 million in 25 markets over the weekend of Oct. 26-28.The Sony-MGM pic crossed the $100 million mark in its first five days, and debuted at No. 1 in every territory in which it unspooled. It outperformed the two previous Daniel Craig-starring installments in most markets, including the U.K., where it scored Blighty’s second-highest three-day opening, at $32.5 million, behind only “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” “Skyfall” scored $10.5 million in France, $8.3 million in Russia and $5.9 million in South Korea, representing nearly half of that territory’s total marketshare for the weekend. The pic’s early international debut was timed to give it more breathing room ahead of other year-end tentpoles like “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The first Bond pic for helmer Sam Mendes, “Skyfall” should easily translate its early international success to North America, where it’ll play through Thanksgiving and into the Christmas holiday. Upcoming competition like “Twilight,” which bows Nov. 16, targets a primarily young femme crowd, while “The Hobbit” bows more than a month after “Skyfall.” Sony launches “Skyfall” on Nov. 9 Stateside; the pic expanded into Argentina, Germany, Italy and Mexico Nov. 1.