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Skyfall passes $1 billion globally and hits £100m in UK for new record


Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Bond movie Skyfall has become the first 007 movie to surpass the $1 billion mark globally.

The film, directed by Sam Mendes and released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the spy franchise, is now the 14th film ever to reach that box office landmark.

It is also the third picture this year to hit that mark, following The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises – marking the second straight year in which that many films have done so.

To make the achievement all the more impressive, Skyfall has hit the figure without being released in every territory – China has yet to see it and is expected to do so during late January or early February.

In the UK, Skyfall continues to smash box office records and has now taken a staggering £100,460,679, the first film in box office history to cross the £100m mark.

Commenting on the overall picture, Jeff Blake, Sony worldwide marketing and distribution chief, told Variety: “To see a film connect with audiences is always gratifying but the success of this film is nothing short of extraordinary.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Michael Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, and especially the fans who put James Bond in this very rare and very exclusive billion dollar box office club.”

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