Skyfall tops $1 billion at the global box office; £100 million in the UK

Having overtaken James Cameron’s Avatar earlier this month to become the UK’s highest-grossing release of all-time, Skyfall has now capped a fantastic 50th anniversary for the James Bond movie franchise by becoming the first film to surpass the £100 million mark on home soil, as well as only the fourteenth movie in history to break $1 billion at the global box office – the third film to do so this year after The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

With $289.6 million from North America and $710.6 million in international receipts, Skyfall is now sitting on a worldwide haul of $1,000,200,000 to date. The spy thriller is yet to open in the potentially lucrative market of China, so Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 looks to have a real chance of cracking the all-time top ten, with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ $1,043.9m certainly in reach. Skyfall could even go on to overtake the $1.081 billion gross of The Dark Knight Rises, which would make it the second-biggest earner of 2012 (although The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey might yet have something to say about that).

Skyfall is directed by Sam Mendes and sees Daniel Craig once again joined in the cast by Judi Dench as M, while Bond newcomers include Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Ralph Fiennes (Great Expectations), Naomie Harris (28 Days Later), Ben Wishaw (Cloud Atlas), Albert Finney (The Bourne Legacy), Bérénice Marlohe (R.I.S. Police scientifique) and Ola Rapace (Wallander).