11 November 2012 8:47 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

After four years off of the silver screen, James Bond made his triumphant return this weekend in Skyfall — and British spy’s appeal was bigger than ever.

The action thriller grossed a truly massive $87.8 million in its first three days (and an additional $2.2 million during Thursday night previews), making its debut the very best in the Bond series’ 23-film history — by a huge margin. Skyfall shattered the previous opening weekend record for a Bond film, which was set in 2008 when Quantum of Solace bowed with $67.5 million. With the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday on the horizon and a straight “A” CinemaScore grade, »


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