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Tuesday , January 1 , 2013
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Skyfall joins $1 billion club

Dec. 31: Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, smashed through the $1 billion mark at the box office tonight as it continued its record-breaking showing worldwide.

The spy adventure, starring Daniel Craig as 007, has also become the first movie to earn at least 100 million in ticket sales in Britain. The Sam Mendes-directed film, released 50 years after the franchise’s first movie Dr No in 1962, has now become the highest earning out of all of the 23 Bond instalments.

Tonight, the film’s executives announced it had now earned at least $1 billion at the global box office, with $710.6 million being made outside of North America. Despite falling out of the week’s top 10 films in the US, the James Bond film is only the third movie to cross $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales this year, after The Avengers ($1.51 billion) and The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion).

Over the weekend, the film took a further $1.4 million in Britain, bringing its total earnings to $161.6 million, making it the first film to break the 100 million barrier in the UK. Before Skyfall, which is said to have been made for a reported $200 million, Avatar was previously the highest grossing film in Britain, taking more than 94 million at the UK box office during its cinematic release.

Since its release in October, Skyfall has broken several box office records. In its first three weeks of release it grossed more than the combined earnings of the two previous Bond movies, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale.