USMagazine, Sunday, November 11, 2012, 3:00pm (PST)
Moviegoers love Bond -- James Bond.
Skyfall, the third Bond flick featuring Daniel Craig in the lead role, netted an impressive $87.8 million in box office receipts in its opening weekend, earning $90 million total domestically since its Thursday preview opening in IMAX theaters.
Since the film rolled out overseas in October, Skyfall has earned $518.6 million, making it the most successful Bond film to debut in the franchise's history. Craig's most recent outing far outperformed his previous flicks, including 2008's Quantam of Solace ($67.5 million) and Casino Royale ($40.8 million.)
"It's quite a testament to Bond, considering it's the 50th anniversary. What a great anniversary present," Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which produces the Bond films along with MGM, said of Skyfall's early success.
Disney's animated Wreck-It Ralph -- featuring the voices of John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch -- placed second this weekend at the box office with an estimated $33 million take.