Friday Box Office: ‘Skyfall’ Impresses With $30 Million Haul

The box office got off to an impressive start on Friday thanks to the massive amount of money generated by Sam Mendes’ James Bond movie Skyfall.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the latest cinematic adventure of the world’s greatest spy brought home a whopping $30 million dollars on Friday. This number doesn’t include the estimated $2.2 million the film made during Thursday evening showings.

The newest James Bond movie enjoyed the biggest Friday opening of any movie in the long running franchise. Analysts believe Skyfall is currently on track to make around $77 million at the box office. This total will put the film behind The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hunger Games in terms of opening weekend numbers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Skyfall earned a staggering $347 million at the foreign box office ahead of its North American debut. Should the film’s domestic performance clear $80 million, then its worldwide gross could easily surpass $500 million by Monday morning.

American critics seem to be quite impressed with the latest exploits of 007. Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert believes it’s one of the best Bond films in franchise history.

“This is a brand-new Bond with love and respect for the old Bond,” Ebert said. “This is a full-blooded, joyous, intelligent celebration of a beloved cultural icon, with Daniel Craig taking full possession of a role he previously played unconvincingly.”

Landing in second place was Disney’s animated comedy Wreck-It Ralph starring John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch. The film generated an additional $7.8 million in ticket sales. This number is down roughly 42 percent from last Friday’s total.

The Denzil Washington thriller Flight earned $4.3 million on Friday, while Ben Affleck’s drama Argo snagged around $1.8 million. Liam Neeson’s latest action flick Taken 2 rounded out the top five with $1.2 million.

Friday’s box office totals suggest that Skyfall will emerge in the top spot on Sunday. Will you catch the latest James Bond film in theaters this weekend?