'Skyfall' International Box Office Strong; Bond Opens At No. 1 In 25 Countries

"Skyfall" doesn't open in North America for 12 days, but James Bond's latest adventure is already a hit overseas. The 23rd Bond film grossed $77.7 million in its international debut, topping the box office charts in 25 countries.

As the Los Angeles Times notes, "Skyfall" was most popular in England. The film earned $32.4 million in the U.K., a 30 percent increase from the opening of "Quantum of Solace" in 2008 and the second-biggest opening ever for the country, behind only "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2."

"Skyfall" is expected to earn close to $80 million in the U.S. when it opens on Nov. 9. That would make the latest Bond the biggest ever in terms of opening weekend box office; "Quantum of Solace," with $67.5 million, holds the unadjusted-for-inflation record. That Bond film is actually the biggest in the franchise's history, with $168.3 million in total domestic gross. Expect that record to crumble, however, once "Skyfall" is released.

For more on the "Skyfall" foreign box office, including how it performed in France, head over to the Los Angeles Times.

[via LAT]

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