Last week the James Bond movie franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary in style when Skyfall surpassed James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all-time on home soil, and having returned to the top of both the UK and US box office charts at the expense of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, 007′s 23rd screen adventure has now claimed another record with the film overtaking Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 to become Sony’s biggest ever release.
As of today (Sunday), Skyfall is currently sitting on a world-wide haul of $918 million, making it the third-biggest hit of 2012 behind The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. With the film still going strong in most markets – not to mention the fact its yet to open in China, which is becoming an increasingly lucrative market for Western releases – there seems to be every chance that the acclaimed spy thriller will go on to crack $1 billion at the global box office, where it would become only the fourteenth film in history to do so.
Directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall sees Daniel Craig and Judi Dench returning as Bond and M alongside an impressive cast that includes Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Ralph Fiennes (Great Expectations), Ben Wishaw (Cloud Atlas), Albert Finney (The Bourne Legacy), Naomie Harris (28 Days Later), Helen McCrory (Hugo), Bérénice Marlohe (R.I.S. Police scientifique) and Ola Rapace (Wallander).