‘Skyfall’ May Have $80 Million Weekend Take, a Bond-Film Best

“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.

The latest film features Daniel Craig as the MI-6 operative Bond, Javier Bardem as the villain and Judi Dench as agency chief M.

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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