Skyfall breaks more UK box office records

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November 2012…

James Bond’s latest adventure continues to take the UK box office by storm in its third week, with Skyfall pulling in £10.45m to shatter the third-record record previously held by Avatar with £5.94m. As of Sunday, the Bond flick had amassed a mighty £72m to sit in fifth place in the all-time UK chart; by this time next week, it will likely have overtaken Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (£73.1m), Toy Story 3 (£73.8m) and Avatar (£80.1m) to lie in second, and providing the arrival of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 doesn’t have too much of an adverse effect on Skyfall’s takings over the coming weeks (which in fairness, it probably won’t), then 007 should go on to surpass the £94m of James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest-grossing UK release of all-time. You can read our reviews of the film here, here, here and here.

Despite being overshadowed by Skyfall, the CG-animated sequel Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted continues to perform strongly in second, fending off competition from Ben Affleck’s acclaimed drama Argo, which opened in third with £1,287,770 (including £286k from two days of previews). Argo’s opening may have been a tad disappointing given the critical acclaim it’s received, but it was considerably better than the £443,052 debut for Kevin James’ latest, the MMA comedy Here Comes the Boom, which opened in fourth ahead of the Liam Neeson action sequel Taken 2.

Shifting into the bottom half of the chart and Hotel Transylvania falls two places to sixth in its fifth weekend, followed by another new release, The Sapphires, with the Aussie music comedy pulling in £337,641 in seventh. Horror sequel Silent Hill: Revelation plunged five spots to eighth, while London Film Festival winner Rust and Bone fell one place to ninth, leaving Paranormal Activity 4 to round out the chart in tenth after four weeks on screens.

Number one this time last year: Immortals

1. Skyfall, £10,447,385 weekend; £72,019,129 total (3 weeks)
2. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,  £1,357,193 weekend; £19,390,301 total (4 weeks)
3. Argo £1,287,770 weekend (New)
4. Here Comes the Boom, £443,052 weekend (New)
5. Taken 2, £402,121 weekend; £22,275,928 total (6 weeks)
6. Hotel Transylvania, £361,994 weekend; £22,994,924 total (5 weeks)
7. The Sapphires, £337,641 weekend (New)
8. Silent Hill: Revelation, £252,406 weekend; £1,661,279 total (2 weeks)
9. Rust and Bone, £154,806 weekend; £549,060 total (2 weeks)
10. Paranormal Activity 4, £150,652 weekend; £5,834,936 total (4 weeks)


At long last, The Twilight Saga comes to an end with the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (cert. 12A) this coming Friday, while other new arrivals include Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, The Master (cert. 15) [read our review here], Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Amour (cert. 12A), comedy drama Mental (cert. 15) and documentary Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (cert. TBC) [read our review here].

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