The critically acclaimed 23rd 007 film opened in 436 IMAX theaters yesterday grossing $2.2 million. It then debuted at midnight nationwide taking in $2.4 million. That means "Skyfall" already had $4.6 million before regular engagements started today. Pre-release polling has been off the charts for the Eon Productions, MGM and Sony Pictures thriller for weeks and based on the intensity of today's matinees, some rival studios are projecting a $105-110 million weekend. Others are guessing something closer to $80-90 million, but either way it will absolutely be the biggest opening for a James Bond movie in the United States ever.
In the rest of the world "Skyfall" is already a smash finding $323 million and $85 million in the U.K. alone (the later figure more than "The Avengers" total British cume). The last two Bond films, "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace," made $167.4 and $168.3 million in the U.S. respectively.
There are no other wide openings this weekend. "Lincoln" opens in 11 theaters. "A Royal Affair" debuts in just Los Angeles and New York.
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