5 December 2012 3:23 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

James Bond has beaten the blue aliens of Avatar to claim the cinematic crown in the UK.

It was today announced that the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, has broken box office records to become Britain's biggest film of all time - in just 40 days.

Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment said Skyfall was now the highest grossing film in UK history.

Daniel Craig's latest 007 adventure has taken a staggering £94,277,612 at the UK box office in just 40 days on release, overtaking Avatar's lifetime gross of £94,025,632 million during 11 months on release in UK cinemas.

Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond adventure, continues the longest running and most successful franchise in film history, opening in 587 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on October 26. It is still on general release.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said "We're overwhelmed with gratitude to the cinema-going audiences in the UK who have made »

- David Bentley

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