James Bond has beaten Harry Potter at the United Kingdom’s box office, British website the Sun reported.
“Skyfall,” starring Daniel Craig, had the biggest opening week UK cinemas have ever seen when it wound up making an astounding £37.2million ($60 million).
Last year’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” had taken the record by storm, but “Skyfall” demolished the previous record when in opened in theaters.
The Sun quoted MGM chief Gary Barber:
“The continued record-breaking success of this film is a true testament to all involved and the global power of this 50-year-old franchise.”
After the whopping figures were released, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement:
“We are very grateful to the Bond fans and all UK cinema audiences for making Skyfall the biggest opening week ever during our 50th anniversary year.”
“Skyfall” marks the 23rd Bond movie. In addition to have the latest Bond star Daniel Craig, the film also includes Hollywood actors like Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Bérénice Marlohe,.
The film made £20.1million in its first weekend, according to the Sun, and simultaneously set a record as the most attended movie on a Saturday.
However, it didn’t break Harry Potter’s weekend figures of £23million, which was made when the final Daniel Radcliffe wizard movie was released in theaters.
“Skyfall” is Daniel Craig’s third time portraying the illusive James Bond, and Iit was the first 007 debut for director Sam Mendes.
The movie will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 9.
U.K. Twitter users took to micro-blog to comment about the movie:
@STYLATORARMY said, “Watched sky fall at the cinema earlier it was amazing!”
@dannywallace added, “Loved Skyfall. So glad Sam Mendes made it. There's no way I could have afforded it!”
@iliveathogwarts posted, “skyfall was really good though!! i was shocked ... although i've never seen a bond film before today.”