‘Skyfall’ Debut Earns U.S. Record $87.8 Million

By ABC News

Nov 12, 2012 10:51am
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The sky was the limit for the new James Bond film at the weekend box office.

The 23rd Bond film, “Skyfall,” opened with an estimated $87.8 million from Friday through Sunday — a U.S. debut record for the franchise.  The total surpassed the $67.5 million raked in by the 2008 Bond flick “Quantum of Solace” during its premiere weekend.

“Skyfall” also earned $2.2 million from Thursday-night previews.  Overall, it has collected $518.6 million worldwide, having opened in several foreign markets before arriving in the U.S.

Last week’s box office champ, “Wreck-It Ralph,” fell to second place, drawing $33.1 million.

Steven Spielberg’s ”Lincoln” opened strongly in limited release, raising $900,000 in just 11 theaters.  It expands nationwide this Friday.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. Skyfall, $87.8 million
2. Wreck-It Ralph, $33.1 million
3. Flight, $15.1 million
4. Argo, $6.7 million
5. Taken 2, $4 million
6. Here Comes the Boom, $2.6 million
7. Cloud Atlas, $2.53 million
8. Pitch Perfect, $2.5 million
9. The Man with the Iron Fists, $2.49 million
10. Hotel Transylvania, $2.4 million

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