The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 11, 2012

‘Skyfall’ comes highly recommended

By Barb Ritchey
The Daily Item

— I saw the new James Bond film, “Skyfall,” on Friday, and I really enjoyed it. The reviews had been so good that I expected to like it, but you never know unless you go.

The new movie blends just about everything you could hope for in a James Bond film, including Daniel Craig in his third outing as the British super-spy, a great villain in Javier Bardem and plenty of nods to the franchise’s 50-year history. The first big-screen Bond adventure, “Dr. No,” debuted in 1962.

I’m obviously not the only one who liked the movie. According to The Associated Press on Sunday, the film hauled in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend in U.S. theaters. Adding in the $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, “Skyfall” took in $90 million domestically, according to studio estimates.

That lifts the worldwide total for “Skyfall” to $518.6 million since it began rolling out overseas in late October. Internationally, the 23rd Bond flick added $89 million over the weekend to raise its overseas revenue to $428.6 million.

“Skyfall” outdid the $67.5 million U.S. debut of 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” the franchise’s previous best opening, and more than doubled the $40.8 million debut of Craig’s first Bond film, 2006’s “Casino Royale,” according to The Associated Press.

“Skyfall” already has passed the $407.7 million overseas total for “Quantum of Solace” and by today, it is expected to top the $432.2 million international haul for “Casino Royale.”

As an aside, we saw “Wreck It Ralph” and really enjoyed it too. Don’t think it’s just for kids.