'Skyfall' makes it rain at the global box office
The 23rd chapter of the James Bond saga netted $77.7M over its first weekend from October 26 to 28. Screened in 25 countries, Skyfall jumped to the top of the global box office, according to a report.
Rentrak reported that thanks to its positive reviews, the film made a splash at the box office, an impressive feat in light of the fact that the film has yet to hit theaters in North America, the most lucrative market for movies shot in English.
Brits flocked to cinemas to catch up with their Queen's employee: the Sam Mendes-directed flick earned $32.4M in the UK, making it the second most lucrative start after the Harry Potter finale.
Second place goes to Hotel Transylvania, which raked in $27.6M in 51 countries. Paranormal Activity 4 went from first to third with $22.78M.
'Argo' rules the box office in North America
Ben Affleck's Argo secured the fifth spot of the global box-office. Released on October 12, the historical thriller is already one of the favorites for next year's Oscars. It earned $12.4M in the US and Canada, sidelining Hotel Transylvania ($9.5M) and the Wachowskis' sci-fi blockbuster Cloud Atlas, which only earned $9.4M in spite of its top-notch cast and special effects.