Its top market was once again 007's native U.K., where the movie eased 21 percent to $25.7 million. That brings its total to $85.8 million, which puts it a day or two away from passing The Dark Knight Rises to become the highest-grossing movie of the year there.
Across nearly all of its new territories, Skyfall opened noticeably higher than Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale. The movie was strongest in Europe where the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day holidays gave audiences plenty of time to get out to theaters. In Germany, the movie debuted to $23.9 million, which is up 77 percent on Quantum of Solace's opening. It also tallied $7.9 million in Italy (the biggest Hollywood debut of the year), $6.7 million in Spain (second on the year behind The Impossible), $5.3 million in Switzerland (a new record), $4.4 million in the Netherlands (first place in 2012) and $3.4 million in Austria (double 2012's previous record holder).
Elsewhere, Skyfall's $5.1 million in India made it the second-biggest Hollywood movie of the year there. It also had huge debuts in Indonesia ($2.5 million), Malaysia ($2.5 million), Taiwan ($2.5 million), the Philippines ($1.9 million) and Thailand ($1.8 million). It has a less impressive start in Mexico ($3.2 million), though that was still up on Quantum and Casino Royale.
Skyfall also overperformed in a number of holdover markets. The movie added $14.3 million in France, and was only off 20 percent from the Friday to Sunday period. It also grossed $5.2 million in Russia, while it was down just 5 percent to $3.4 million in Brazil. In general, it appears to be hanging on much better than typical tentpole fare.
While it's out in most areas now, it still has China, Australia, Japan and Turkey on the way, and it should have no trouble obliterating Casino Royale's $427 million overseas total, which is currently the franchise record. In fact, $500 million appears to be a foregone conclusion at this point.
IMAX contributed $4.3 million this weekend for an early total of $10 million; Skyfall opens exclusively in that format on Thursday in the U.S. before expanding in to around 3,500 total locations on Friday.
Skyfall's incredible early tally has helped Sony Pictures International set a new company record with $2.16 billion overseas (2009 was the previous record-holder at $2.14 billion). Aside from Skyfall, other major contributors include The Amazing Spider-Man ($491.8 million), MIB 3 ($445.8 million), Resident Evil: Retribution ($162.8 million Sony share) and Total Recall ($132.9 million).
In a distant second place, Paranormal Activity 4 earned $14.3 million from 51 markets this weekend. That includes a $4.3 million start in France and a $1.1 million debut in Japan. The horror four-quel has now grossed $68.8 million, and still has a chance of matching the last movie's $103 million total.
Hotel Transylvania grossed $13.7 million this weekend for a total of $115 million. It's now star Adam Sandler's highest-grossing movie ever overseas (though of course his presence isn't as relevant as his voice is being dubbed over in most territories) and is only his second movie ever to reach $250 million worldwide.
Coinciding with its domestic debut, Wreck-It Ralph earned an estimated $12 million from six markets (representing 11 percent of the international marketplace). No specific territory information is currently available.
Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross to Date (in millions)
Madagascar 3 - $7.9 - $512.4
The Bourne Legacy - $6.7 - $152.3
Taken 2 - $6.2 - $210.9
Frankenweenie - $5.3 - $24.8
The Impossible - $4.6 - $42.5
Ted - $4.3 - $277.5
Argo - $4.1 - $13.4
Abe Lincoln - $2.2 - $74.7
Savages - $2 - $29.9
ParaNorman - $1.6 - $40.6
Ice Age 4- $1 - $711.3
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