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'Skyfall' Passes $1 Billion Worldwide

The 23rd Bond installment, “Skyfall” passes the $1 billion mark at the global box office.

Skyfall has passed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, according to a report by EW, becoming just the 14th film in history to reach the coveted milestone.

The 23rd entry in the James Bond series has shattered every record in the franchise’s 50-year history. Skyfall, which was produced by MGM, EON Productions, and Sony for $200 million, has earned $289.6 million in North America alone (including $4.6 million this weekend), clobbering the domestic record set by Quantum of Solace, which earned $168.4 million in 2008.

Internationally, Skyfall has been even more impressive. With its release in China still to come, the film has already amassed $710.6 million globally. The film’s strongest market has been the U.K., where it has quickly become the highest-grossing film of all time and the first film to ever pass £100 million.

Even without Skyfall‘s domestic grosses, the film’s international total would still make it the highest grossing Bond film of all time worldwide. The previous global high-point for a James Bond film was Casino Royal e’s $599 million gross in 2006.

Skyfall is the third film this year to hit $1 billion globally, following Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers ($1.5B) and Warner Bros’ The Dark Knight Rises ($1.1B).

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