UPDATE 1-James Bond soars to box office record with 'Skyfall'

Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:21pm EST
 
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* 23rd Bond film opens in US, Canada with $87.8 mln

* Global sales for 'Skyfall' top $518 mln

* Spielberg's 'Lincoln' takes $900,000 limited opening

By Chris Michaud and Lisa Richwine

Nov 11 (Reuters) - James Bond can don the tuxedo and break out the Dom Perignon after the super spy returned to theaters in record fashion at the weekend, blowing away box office rivals with $87.8 million in ticket sales for the U.S. and Canadian debut of new movie "Skyfall" for the biggest opening in the franchise's history.

The best North American opening for the 50-year-old Bond franchise adds to a strong tally of $428.6 million for "Skyfall" overseas. Globally, the movie starring Daniel Craig as 007 has now earned $518.6 million since first hitting international theaters on Oct. 26, distributor Sony Pictures said.

"Skyfall" handily beat Walt Disney Co animated movie "Wreck-It Ralph," the story of a video game character who destroys everything in his path. The family film that topped last week's charts grabbed $33.1 million from Friday through Sunday and slipped to second place.

Denzel Washington drama "Flight," about an airline captain who saves a plane from crashing, pulled in $15.1 million to finish third.   Continued...