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Most successful Bond film Skyfall breaks $1bn record at global box office

ANI  London, December 31, 2012
First Published: 17:49 IST(31/12/2012) | Last Updated: 19:24 IST(31/12/2012)

The spy adventure has also become the first movie to earn at least 100 million pounds in ticket sales in Britain, the Telegraph reported.

The Sam Mendes-directed film, which was released 50 years after the franchise’s first movie Dr No in 1962, has now become the highest earning out of all of the 23 James Bond instalments.

The film’s executives announced that it had now earned at least 1 billion dollars (620 million pounds) at the global box office, with 710.6 million dollars (440 million pounds) being made outside of North America.

Despite falling out of the week’s top 10 films in the US, the James Bond film is only the third movie to cross 1-billion-dollar mark in worldwide ticket sales this year, after The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

Over the weekend, the film took a further 1.4 million dollars (867,000 pounds) in Britain, bringing its total earnings to 161.6 million dollars, making it the first film to break the 100-million-pound barrier in the UK.

Before Skyfall, Avatar was the highest grossing film in Britain, taking more than 94 million pounds at the UK box office during its cinematic release.

Since its release in October, Skyfall has broken several box office records. In its first three weeks of release it grossed more than the combined earnings of the two previous Bond movies, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale.

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