Skyfall Biggest Ever First-Week Box Office Earner In The UK

After a valiant battle, Harry Potter has lost out to older British icon – James Bond. Skyfall is breaking all box office records in the UK.

Bond admires himself

While Skyfall had only the second biggest box office tally ever in the UK for the first weekend – trailing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – over the first full week, Skyfall has actually managed to outpace the boy wizard’s final adventure.

Skyfall has now taken an extraordinary £37.2 million in its opening week, overtaking Deathly Hallows Part 2 to secure the biggest seven day gross of all time in UK box office history.

In response to the amazing news, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said, “We are very grateful to the Bond fans and all UK cinema audiences for making Skyfall the biggest opening week ever during our 50th anniversary year.”

“The continued record-breaking success of this film is a true testament to all involved and the global power of this 50 year old franchise” said Gary Barber, chairman and chief executive Officer, MGM.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 eventually earned £73,094,187 in the UK, so Skyfall is already over halfway to overtaking it. Not bad for a film that isn’t showing anywhere in 3D, eh?

Just for your interest, here are the Top 10 earners ever at the UK box office (not taking into account inflation). Where do you think Skyfall will end up?

1 Avatar – £93,442,625
2 Titanic – £79,990,624
3 Toy Story 3 – £73,405,113
4 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two – £73,094,187
5 Mamma Mia! – £69,166,087
6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – £63,957,673
7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – £63,009,288
8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – £60,880,923
9 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – £57,600,094
10 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – £56,351,660

(Oh, and we know what some of you are thinking – “Where Avengers Assemble?” 17th with £51,614,076, that’s where. Skyfall is already at number 39 on this list)

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