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'Skyfall' is Biggest Film in UK History, Eclipsing 'Avatar'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 5, 2012 at 1:08PM

"Skyfall" is now the UK's biggest film in history, eclipsing "Avatar"'s £94 million with £94.27 million in 40 days (particularly staggering given James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster got to that haul after 11 months, and with increased 3-D ticket prices).
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UPDATE: "Skyfall" is now the UK's biggest film in history, eclipsing "Avatar"'s £94 million with £94.27 million in 40 days (particularly staggering given James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster got to that haul after 11 months, and with increased 3-D ticket prices).

EARLIER: It hasn't even opened stateside yet. But Bond 23, "Skyfall" is breaking box office records worldwide. Sony and MGM are chortling as "Skyfall" grossed $156 million this weekend, bringing the ten-day overseas total to $287 million. Sony’s markets earned an estimated $139 million for the weekend and MGM’s licensees estimated $17 million.

Thanks to "Skyfall," Sony Pictures Releasing International has surpassed previous records to boast its all-time biggest year, with $2.16 billion through Sunday. SPRI's previous best year was 2009 with $2.14 billion.

"Skyfall"'s opening in Germany, $23.9 million, was the biggest opening of 2012, 77% bigger than the openining of "Quantum of Solace" and 88% bigger than "Casino Royale."

Italy launched with $7.9 million, which was the biggest opening of a Hollywood film in 2012 and the second-biggest overall, beating the opening of "Quantum" by 95% and "Casino" by 85%. 

Spain opened to $6.7 million, which is the second-biggest opening of the year behind J.A. Bayona's phenomenal "The Impossible."  It was 27% bigger than the opening of "Quantum" and 73% more than "Casino."

Switzerland had a record-setting opening of $5.3 million, the biggest opening in history there, breaking "Quantum of Solace"’s old record.

Holland opened with $4.4 which was by far the biggest opening of the year there, almost 2 ½ times the previous best "The Dark Knight."  The opening of "Skyfall" was 91% bigger than that of "Quantum," 179% more than "Casino."

Austria launched with a gigantic $3.4 million, more than double the previous biggest opening of 2012 ("Ted"), the country's second-biggest opening of all time behind "The Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King" in 2003. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.