11 November 2012 9:18 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Believe the hype.  Skyfall, the latest entry in the now 50 year-old James Bond series, is not only as big as everyone said it would be... it’s bigger. Over its first weekend in domestic release, Skyfall took in an estimated $87.8 million from 3,505 locations, or a total of $90 million with Thursday previews included. Not only does that crush Bond’s previous-best opening of $67.5 million, it stands as the fourth-highest debut of the year behind The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games. Title Weekend Total 1.  Skyfall $87,800,000 $90 2.  Wreck-It Ralph $33,056,000 $93.6 3.  Flight $15,100,000 $47.7 4.  Argo $6,745,000 $87.7 5.  Taken 2 $4,000,000 $131.2 6.  Here Comes the Boom $2,550,000 $39 7.  Cloud Atlas $2,505,000 $22.7 8.  Pitch Perfect $2,504,000 $59 9.  The Man w/the Iron Fists $2,490,000 $12.7 10.  Hotel Transylvania $2,350,000 $140.9 There was no doubt that the success of Skyfall would be the big story this weekend. The narrative was all but guaranteed after the film opened to historic numbers in the UK and other international territories in late October. Of course, »

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