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Skyfall passes $500 million at worldwide box office

Skyfall has scored the best Bond debut ever at the US box office, after opening with $87.8m (plus $2.2m from its Thursday IMAX opening).

The total surpassed the US debuts of Craig’s two previous outings as 007 by a comfortable margin ( Quantum Of Solace opend with $67.5m), no doubt assisted by the wave of Bond 50 nostalgia, the overwhelmingly positive reviews, and the Olympics cameo.

Skyfall now sits on a very healthy worldwide total of $500m, meaning it’s not an impossible feat to best the current Bond box-office champ, with Casino Royale currently topping the podium with $599m.

James Bond’s 23rd adventure has already stormed the UK box office, and is currently the year’s highest-grossing film in that territory.

Elsewhere in the US box-office charts, Wreck-It Ralph and Flight managed to drop only 33 per cent and 39 per cent respectively, taking $33.1m and $15.1m to round out the top 3.

Read our Skyfall review .

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.