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Commercial projections for "Skyfall" suggested it would be the highest-grossing Bond movie ever, and global box office figures this weekend suggest that will be the case. In the UK, the film took in over $32m this weekend -- the biggest opening haul of 2012, and a record for a non-3D feature. Indeed, it sits behind only the final "Harry Potter" instalment in the all-time rankings. Internationally, meanwhile, it opened at #1 in 24 other territories, raking in $77.7m overall. Given much robust figures, it'll be interesting to see if it outperforms estimates when it opens Stateside, where it's expected to gross a little over one-third of US champ "The Avengers"' total. [Deadline]
"Argo" casting director Lora Kennedy, due to be honored alongside director Ben Affleck at tonight's Casting Society of America Awards, talks about finding the right actors for the Best Picture frontrunner. [THR]
Hey, more accolades for "Argo" -- the film's location manager was a winner at the California On-Location Awards, alongside those for "Hitchcock," "The Dark Knight Rises" and Terrence Malick's upcoming "Knight of Cups." [Variety]
Charlie Lyne on Helen Mirren's potential Oscar clip for "Hitchcock" and the dramatic stakes of mortgaging houses. [Ultraculture]
Jeff Wells thinks a prickly Guardian interview is indicative of my John Goodman's Oscar campaign may struggle this season -- though I'm not sure why Jeff thought a nomination was such a certainty anyway. [Hollywood Elsewhere]
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