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‘Skyfall’ is No. 1 at the box office

The James Bond film ‘‘Skyfall’’ has extended its worldwide box-office rule to North America, hauling in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at US theaters. Adding in $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, ‘‘Skyfall’’ has taken in $90 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday. That lifts the worldwide total for ‘‘Skyfall’’ to $518.6 million since it began rolling out overseas in late October. Internationally, the 23d Bond flick added $89 million this weekend to raise its overseas revenue to $428.6 million. The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, ‘‘Skyfall’’ outdid the $67.5 million US debut of 2008’s ‘‘Quantum of Solace,’’ the franchise’s previous best opening. ‘‘Skyfall’’ more than doubled the $40.8 million debut of Craig’s first Bond film, 2006’s ‘‘Casino Royale.’’ ‘‘Skyfall’’ already has passed the $407.7 million overseas total for ‘‘Quantum of Solace’’ and by Monday, it will top the $432.2 million international haul for ‘‘Casino Royale.’’ The Craig era has reinvigorated one of Hollywood’s most-enduring franchises, whose first adventure, ‘‘Dr. No,’’ debuted 50 years ago. ‘‘Skyfall’’ was the weekend’s only new wide release, but Steven Spielberg’s ‘‘Lincoln’’ had a huge start in a handful of theaters. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president, it took in $900,000 in 11 theaters for an average of $81,818 a cinema. By comparison, ‘‘Skyfall’’ averaged $25,050 in 3,505 theaters. ‘‘Skyfall’’ took over the top spot at the box office from Disney’s animated comedy ‘‘Wreck-It Ralph,’’ which fell to No. 2 with $33.1 million, raising its domestic total to $93.7 million. (AP)

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