31 December 2012 11:15 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Welcome to the Billionaire.s Club, Mr. Bond. Skyfall, the latest installment in the long-running cinematic spy franchise, has become the 14th film to cross the $1 billion mark globally. Director Sam Mendes. contributions to the classic series ranks as the highest-grossing Bond thriller of all time, as noted by Deadline. It has earned an estimated $289.6M domestically, and a whopping $710.6M overseas. It is the first movie to earn more than 100 million pounds in Great Britain. And as the site points out, the sequel shows no signs of slowing down, and has yet to open in China . obviously, a massive market filled with ticket purchasers. This is a monumental mark, yet hardly an unprecedented mark. Two other films released in 2012 managed to race past $1 billion before Skyfall: Joss Whedon.s The Avengers ($1.5B) and Christopher Nolan.s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises ($1.1B). Still, it is a »

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