UK Box Office

Skyfall … in the ascendancy at the UK box office. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar

Skyfall, the new James Bond film, which has received a rapturous response from critics, smashed opening records at the UK box office this weekend. Sam Mendes‘s film, which stars Daniel Craig opposite villainJavier Bardem, regular “M” Judi Dench and newcomers Naomie Harris,Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw, took £20.1m – the biggest opening of the year so far and the largest gross ever after last year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It broke records for the biggest opening for a 2D film and the largest ever Saturday attendance figure, according to Deadline.

The film was also No 1 in another 24 overseas markets and is still due to open in the US, where it arrives on 9 November. Skyfall is the biggest ever Bond opening (ahead of Quantum of Solace with £14.4m), and is on course to easily outpace 2006’s Casino Royale (with $586m) as the most successful Bond film of all time at the box office.

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