(NEW YORK) — The sky was the limit for the new James Bond film at the weekend box office.
The 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, opened with an estimated $87.8 million from Friday through Sunday — a U.S. debut record for the franchise. The total surpassed the $67.5 million raked in by the 2008 Bond flick Quantum of Solace during its premiere weekend.
Skyfall also earned $2.2 million from Thursday-night previews. Overall, it has collected $518.6 million worldwide, having opened in several foreign markets before arriving in the U.S.
Last week’s box office champ, Wreck-It Ralph, fell to second place, drawing $33.1 million.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln opened strongly in limited release, raising $900,000 in just 11 theaters. It expands nationwide this Friday.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:
1. Skyfall, $87.8 million
2. Wreck-It Ralph, $33.1 million
3. Flight, $15.1 million
4. Argo, $6.7 million
5. Taken 2, $4 million
6. Here Comes the Boom, $2.6 million
7. Cloud Atlas, $2.53 million
8. Pitch Perfect, $2.5 million
9. The Man with the Iron Fists, $2.49 million
10. Hotel Transylvania, $2.4 million
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Jeff Peterson, Deseret News
Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Media Relations