Skyfall Is The UK's Biggest Film Ever

Bond breaks Avatar's £94 million record


After the weekend's screenings, Skyfall was on the precipice of breaking Avatar's gargantuan £94 million UK box office record, with its return to Britain's number one spot helping it hit approximately £93.8 million.

Now, after more receipts have come in, the all-important 94 number has been reached, making Skyfall the biggest-selling movie in the history of British cinema. That precise number? £94,277,612. £94,277,612 in 40 days, no less, which is all the more staggering considering Avatar got to that number with the help of both inflated 3D ticket prices and an 11 month timespan.

In other words, as Kim Newman wrote in Empire's review, "One thing’s certain: James Bond will return…", making the pressure on screenwriter John Logan all the greater as he attempts two connected sequels for Bond 24 and 25.

Globally, Skyfall has earned around $870 million at the time of writing, trouncing the $599 million set by Casino Royale back in 2006 and the $591 million from Quantum Of Solace in 2008.

Vesper martinis all round then for EON, Danjaq and co., as their unique structure allows for the majority of profits to head in their direction rather than, say, Sony's.

Skyfall, as you may have guessed, is still on general release both in the UK and across the globe. For our extensive coverage on the film, be sure to have a listen to the Purvis and Wade writers' podcast as well as our spoiler special.