Skyfall is First Bond Film To Cross $1-Billion Mark

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 30 2012 5:14 PM

Skyfall is First Bond Film To Cross $1-Billion Mark

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A poster advertising the latest James Bond movie in New York

Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Skyfall, is not only the most profitable movie in the Bond franchise but has also become the first to cross $1 billion in global ticket sales, notes the Hollywood Reporter. The 23rd installment of the franchise is now the 14th movie in history to reach the billion-dollar milestone. The movie directed by Sam Mendes is also the first movie to earn £100 million in ticket sales in Britain, reports the Telegraph.

Skyfall cost $200 million to produce and has earned $289.6 million in North America and $710.6 million internationally. That number is bound to keep on increasing considering it hasn’t even premiered in China yet. The previous highest-grossing Bond flick was Casino Royale, which took in $599 million in 2006, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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