“Skyfall,” the latest James Bond thriller from Sony Corp. (6758) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., may set a record for the film franchise with receipts in the U.S. and Canada totaling as much as $80 million this weekend, Hollywood.com Box-Office said.
The film earned $30.8 million yesterday, including $2.4 million in midnight showings, the box-office tracker said today in an e-mailed statement. Sales outside the U.S. and Canada for “Skyfall” are $347 million as of Nov. 8, Hollywood.com said.
“Quantum of Solace,” released in November 2008, holds the record for the best-ever Bond opening with $67.5 million. That movie earned $27 million in Friday showings.
Craig, who took over the role in 2006’s “Casino Royale,” has won critical praise in addition to box-office success. “Skyfall” had a 93 percent positive rating from critics, based on reviews, according to Rottentomatoes.com.
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