‘Skyfall’ breaks £100 mil barrier in U.K.

Bond pic is top B.O. grosser ever in Blighty

LONDON

James Bond has completed another difficult mission in Blighty on Sunday when “Skyfall” became the first film ever to make £100 million ($160.9 million) at the U.K. and Ireland box office.

Director Sam Mendes’ “Skyfall,” the 23rd official 007 film, beat “Avatar” to become the highest grossing movie of all-time in Blighty on Dec. 4. “Avatar” fell just £6 million ($9.6 million) short of the elusive £100 million barrier.

The achievement closed a rollercoaster year at the U.K. box office, which started strongly against 2011 only to lose ground over the summer months, tracking down on the previous year from July through September. A strong final quarter, fuelled by “Skyfall,” saw the 2012 receipts finish 3.5% up on 2011 with $1.88 billion.

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