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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)

$480k for ‘Oz’ dress

The blue pinafore Judy Garland wore in ‘‘The Wizard of Oz’’ has sold for $480,000. Auction house Julien’s Auctions says the gingham dress fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world. The auction ended Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif. Steve McQueen’s racing jacket sold for $50,000, as did a purple skirt worn by Marilyn Monroe while filming ‘‘River of No Return’’ in Canada. Julie Andrews’s ‘‘Sound of Music dress’’ brought $38,400. Sunglasses worn by Jean Reno in ‘‘Leon’’ went for $8,320, while Johnny Depp’s shades fetched $3,250. Bidders also snapped up pieces of royal wedding cakes. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s cake sold for $7,500 while Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s cake sold for $1,375. (AP)

Jagger items for sale

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Handwritten letters from Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to his former lover Marsha Hunt will be auctioned in London next month. Hunt is an American-born singer who was the inspiration for the Stones’ 1971 hit ‘‘Brown Sugar’’ and bore Jagger’s first child. Sotheby’s says she has tasked the auction house with selling 10 letters written from the set of Jagger’s film ‘‘Ned Kelly,’’ which was shooting in Australia. Sotheby’s says the ‘‘passionate and articulate’’ letters sent in the summer of 1969 show a ‘‘poetic and self-aware’’ 25-year-old Jagger. The auction house said Saturday that the collection, which includes song lyrics and a Rolling Stones playlist, is expected to fetch between 70,000 and 100,000 pounds ($111,300 and $159,000) on Dec. 12. (AP)

The real heroes

“Deep gratitude and respect to the real superheroes, the men and women who serve and defend.” - Clark Gregg, actor who plays Agent Coulson in “The Avengers,” tweeting on Veterans Day.

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