James Bond’s latest adventure Skyfall has become the highest-grossing UK release of 2012, surpassing the £56.2m pulled in by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises over a sixteen week period in just twelve short days. With £57m in the bank to date, Skyfall has also overtaken the £55m amassed by Daniel Craig’s first outing Casino Royale to become the biggest Bond movie of all time here on home soil, as well as supplanting Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace to sit in tenth place in the all-time UK box office chart.
Expect 007 to continue his ascent up the chart in the coming weeks, and while the number one position held by Avatar with £93.4m might be a step too far for the Sam Mendes-directed blockbuster, Skyfall certainly looks like it will put up a challenge for second place, which is currently held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 with £73.4m.
Skyfall opens in North American cinemas tomorrow, and sees Daniel Craig’s Bond joined by a supporting cast that includes the returning Judi Dench as M, along with Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Ralph Fiennes (Great Expectations), Ben Wishaw (Cloud Atlas), Naomie Harris (28 Days Later), Albert Finney (The Bourne Legacy), Helen McCrory (Hugo), Bérénice Marlohe (R.I.S. Police scientifique) and Ola Rapace (Wallander). You can read our reviews of the film here, here, here and here.