11 November 2012 6:56 AM, PST | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Sunday AM, 7th Update: I’ve tried to give continuous updates all weekend with domestic box office numbers for MGM/Sony Pictures’ Skyfall and DreamWorks Studios/Fox/Disney’s Lincoln, both of which received great reviews going into Friday and sparked intense interest. Total moviegoing through Sunday was $160M, more than half of it from James Bond #23, so that’s a very nice +20% more than last year. Despite a four year hiatus during which some cynics thought 007 had jumped the shark, Skyfall opened in North America much larger than anyone thought. Rival studios thought Sony was low-balling with its $75M pre-release estimate. And on Saturday morning, the studio begged me to lower my sources’ $88M weekend estimate. But the magic number is $87.8M ($30.8M Friday, $33.8M Saturday, and an estimated $20.3M Sunday). Add in Thursday’s IMAX screenings and the cume is $90M. This is absolutely the biggest-grossing 007 movie ever in »

- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief

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