Skyfall becomes highest grossing film in UK box office history
Story by Jack Foley
JAMES Bond movie Skyfall has become the highest-grossing movie in UK box office history.
What’s more, the 23rd 007 adventure has hit the landmark in just 40 days, earning £94.3 million in the UK to beat the previous record holder, Avatar, which grossed £94 million in 11 months.
Skyfall was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise and was directed by Sam Mendes. It stars Daniel Craig in his third outing as 007.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were “overwhelmed with gratitude” to cinema-goers, issuing a statement that added: “We are very proud of this film and thank everybody, especially Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, who have contributed to its success.”
Skyfall is still on general release so the record looks set to continue. Globally, it has earned $870m (£540m), besting both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, which both achieved $599m (£372m).
But while Skyfall boasts best box office figures, Gone With The Wind still tops the pile in terms of most attended films in the UK.
According to the British Film Institute, the film has enjoyed an estimated attendance of 35 million.
The Sound of Music comes second with an audience of 30m and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs third with 28m.