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Skyfall is on target to become the highest-grossing 007 movie of all time, while Daniel Day-Lewis gives a winning history lesson in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln

In keeping with Skyfall's stupendous international box office, the latest entry in the James Bond franchise did itself proud on its North American debut. The Friday-Sunday $87.8m estimated haul produced by far the biggest launch ever for 007 and the fourth highest of the year to date (after The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games), rising to $90m when you factor in Imax previews from Thursday night. No Bond movie has ever grossed more than $200m in North America, but on this showing, you have to say Skyfall is in with a shout.

Combined with the $428.6m international running total after three weekends, Eon, Sony and MGM's third outing with Daniel Craig has racked up $518m worldwide, and a further $89m international »

- Jeremy Kay

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