Limited Release of ‘Skyfall’ Takes First Place on Thursday

on November 09, 2012 by Daniel Garris

Upon opening in just 463 IMAX and other premium large format locations on Thursday, Sony's Skyfall was able to debut in first place with an estimated $2.2 million. In addition to the film's performance on Thursday, Skyfall also grossed an estimated $2.4 million from midnight screenings on Friday. That places the early domestic total for the latest James Bond film at $4.6 million.  Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the progress of Skyfall at the box office.

Disney's Wreck-It Ralph fell one spot to claim second place on Thursday with $2.06 million. The video game themed 3D computer animated film was up a healthy 13 percent over Wednesday. Wreck-It Ralph was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $60.63 million. That was towards the higher end of pre-release expectations and was 2 percent higher than the seven-day start of 2010's Megamind (which received a bit of a boost in its first week from Veterans Day falling on a Thursday). With Veterans Day falling on a Sunday this year, Wreck-It Ralph and the marketplace in general should see inflated daily grosses this coming Monday.

Paramount's Flight placed in third with $1.84 million. The Denzel Washington vehicle directed by Robert Zemeckis was up 5 percent and down one spot from Wednesday. Flight was off to a very impressive first week performance of $32.67 million this week (especially when taking into account that the film was playing in a relatively modest 1,884 locations). That was good enough for second place this week and was 13 percent stronger than the $28.86 million seven-day start of 2010's Unstoppable (which debuted in 3,207 locations).

The Man with the Iron Fists rounded out its first week in theatres with a fifth place take of $0.46 million. Universal's low-budget martial arts action film starring Russell Crowe fell 6 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. The Man with the Iron Fists placed in fourth for the week with a seven-day start of $10.23 million. That was in line with the film's modest pre-release expectations.

Tags: The Man with the Iron Fists, Flight, Wreck-It Ralph, Skyfall

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