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Bond soars with record $87.8M 'Skyfall' debut

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Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 1:28 pm

LOS ANGELES — The sky's the limit for James Bond's "Skyfall."

The 23rd Bond film hauled in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at U.S. theaters.

According to distributor Sony, adding $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at large-format theaters, "Skyfall" has taken in $90 million domestically.

That lifts the worldwide total for "Skyfall" to around half a billion dollars once its weekend haul is counted overseas, where the film began rolling out in late October. As of last Thursday, "Skyfall" had rung up nearly $350 million internationally.

The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, "Skyfall" outdid the $67.5 million U.S. debut of 2008's "Quantum of Solace," the franchise's previous best opening.

"Skyfall" more than doubled the $40.8 million debut of Craig's first Bond film, 2006's "Casino Royale."