daniel craig body james bond skyfall Skyfall Earns A Colossol $156 Million This Weekend At The International Box Office

Box Office Mojo reveal that ‘Skyfall’ has taken a further $156 million at the international box office this past weekend. The 23rd James Bond adventure, continuing the longest running and most successful franchise in film history, opened with $80.6 million in its first weekend internationally, from 25 markets. After expanding this weekend to more territories, ‘Skyfall’ is sitting at a hefty $287 million total, well on its way to obliterate the $427 million overseas total of ‘Casino Royale,’ which is currently the franchise record. Earning £37.2 million in its opening week at the UK box office, ‘Skyfall’ raked in a further $25.7 million this weekend, bringing its UK total to $85.8 million, putting it a day or two away from passing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ to become the highest-grossing movie of the year at the UK box office.

‘Skyfall’ opened big in Germany with $23.9 million, $7.9 million in Italy (the biggest Hollywood debut of the year), $6.7 million in Spain (second on the year behind ‘The Impossible’), $5.3 million in Switzerland (a new record), $5.1 million in India, $4.4 million in the Netherlands (first place in 2012), $3.4 million in Austria (double 2012′s previous record holder). ‘Skyfall’ also added a further $14.3 million in France, $5.2 million in Russia, and $3.4 million in Brazil. While the film is out now in most international areas, it still has China, Australia, Japan and Turkey on the way. Skyfall’ has a November 8th release in North America on IMAX and other large-format screens before rolling out everywhere a day later.

Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road, Road to Perdition), ‘Skyfall’ sees Daniel Craig and Judi Dench continue their roles as James Bond and M. The cast also includes Naomie Harris as a field agent named Eve, Javier Bardem as Silva; the stories leering and sinisterly creepy lead villain, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw as Q; MI5′s resident gadgets man, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner; the MI6 Chief of Staff, Ola Rapace, Bérénice Marlohe as the “glamorous and enigmatic” Sévérine, and Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory.

This latest 007 chapter was shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, Scotland, Whitehall in London, Shanghai and Istanbul. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. The Director of Photography is Roger Deakins, a nine-time Oscar nominee who previously shot the films ‘Jarhead’ and ‘Revolutionary Road’ for Mendes. Composer Thomas Newman will score the film.  You can read the official synopsis and production notes for ‘Skyfall’ below. My interviews for the film can be read here: Daniel CraigNaomie HarrisBen WhishawJavier BardemBérénice MarloheJudi Dench, Ralph Fiennes/Albert Finney and director Sam Mendes.

Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in SKYFALL, the 23rd installment of the longest-running film franchise in history. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (JUDI DENCH) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and several undercover agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked, forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Mallory (RALPH FIENNES), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee.  With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond.  007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (NAOMIE HARRIS) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (JAVIER BARDEM), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions presents Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming’s James Bond in SKYFALL. The film also stars Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw, with Albert Finney and Judi Dench as ‘M.’ Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. Executive Producer is Callum McDougall. Director of Photography is Roger Deakins, ASC BSC. Production Designer is Dennis Gassner. Editor is Stuart Baird, A. C. E. Costume Designer is Jany Temime. Music by Thomas Newman. Co-Producers are Andrew Noakes and David Pope. Featuring “Skyfall” performed by Adele. Sony Pictures Releasing is distributing with MGM handling select territories.

SKYFALL has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking. The film will be released on October 26, 2012 in the UK and on November 9, 2012 in the US. The IMAX release of SKYFALL will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.