The film, released by MGM and starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, did $87.8 million worth of business during the weekend and another $2.2 million in Thursday previews to put its initial U.S. above $90 million. That demolishes the previous record of $67.5 million set by the last film in the series, Quantum of Solace.
The film has done exceptionally overseas, too. Released in some non-U.S. markets as early as Oct. 26, Skyfall has earned $428 million so far, putting its worldwide total at more than $500 in about two weeks — more than making back the $200 million it cost to produce.
The film has gathered excellent reviews from both the press and its audience. CinemaScore, which uses audience surveys to grade films, has it rated a solid “A,” and online movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes has Skyfall at 91% from both critics and its audience.