Bond film grosses $59.9 million in first week

LONDON — James Bond film “Skyfall” has recorded the biggest opening week in U.K. box-office history.

The 23rd Bond film, which marks the 50th anni of the franchise, grossed £39.2 million ($59.9 million) during its first seven days on release in the U.K. and Ireland.

The gross sees “Skyfall” overtake the first-week record held by last year’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which took £35.7 million ($57.6 million) in its first seven days.

“Skyfall,” helmed by Sam Mendes, opened on Oct. 26 in the U.K. at 587 theaters and grossed $32.6 million from its opening weekend. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ took $38.3 million on its opening weekend at 583 theaters after opening July 15, 2011.

“We are very grateful to the Bond fans and all U.K. cinema audiences for making ‘Skyfall’ the biggest opening week ever during our 50th anniversary year,” said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

“Skyfall” is released in the U.S. Nov. 9.

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