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article imageThe box office winner is — Bond, James Bond

By Tim O'Brien     Nov 11, 2012 in Entertainment
UPDATE: 11.13.12 - An actual was needed since the number was so big. Here it is: now, the total went up to $88.3 million; total now is nearing $91 million.
It's Bond. James Bond all the way as the box office boomed all weekend long.
The sights and sounds of many malls across America not only heard the early music of Christmas, but the sultry voice of Adele.
With Adele's haunting title song and the throngs heading to theaters, movie-goers were no doubt humming that song along with a few holiday favorites.
In what really could be described as a homage to the Bond of the past, Daniel Craig and the rest of the cast did the franchise proud as it scored a whopping $87.8 million. Of course, this is an estimate, and the actuals will need to be tracked since it is such a large number. More later on that. On that note, however, the estimate for today is around $20 million so that could go up or down. It got off to a great start Friday with $31.7 million then hauled in more Saturday ($33.8 million).
Now it is time to throw in that curve ball. Since it opened earlier than Friday, one may see those lofty numbers in headlines, but wait. The total take is $90 million with those Thursday IMAX screenings. So, the $87.8 million is just the weekend totals.
1. "Skyfall" - $87.8 million (total, $90 million)
2. "Wreck-It Ralph" - $33 million
3. "Flight" - $15.1 million
4. "Argo" - $6.7 million
5. "Taken 2" - $4 million
All-time Bond openers (not adjusted for inflation, of course)
1. "Skyfall" - $87.8 million
2 "Quantum of Solace" - $67.5 million
3. "Die Another Day" - $47 million
4. "Casino Royale" - $40 million
5. "The World Is Not Enough" - $35.5 million
Now, let's look at "Lincoln." As noted in an earlier story, this is not designed for a box office champ out of the gate, as it builds its holiday audience and award season push. It is doing that as, it has been learned, they are trying to find more screens for it.
The per screen average was very solid with $8,818; not far off from the estimated tracking figure after Friday.
As with a solid film that is being hyped like this, the naysayers will start to grow. Some are noting the voice that is being heard from the mouth of Daniel Day-Lewis. Historians have noted that Honest Abe's voice was not a deep one. In fact, it was more of a high-pitched one. Day-Lewis has chosen the latter and to some, it gets in the way. For more on the voice, head here.
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