Box office roundup – Nov. 11, 2012 – How far will the record-breaking Bond film "Skyfall" soar?

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Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL.

1. Skyfall – $87.8 million [debut week] – This was no real surprise considering audiences had been deprived of a new Bond adventure for four years. The Sam Mendes/Daniel Craig is the best debut for a Bond film. That’s followed with the franchise’s trend for the most part. “Quantum of Solace” previously held the mark with $67.5 million and Craig’s debut as Bond in “Casino Royale” opened to $40.8 million in 2006. That was just a bit shy of “Die Another Day’s” $47 million opening in 2002, which improved on 1999’s “The World is Not Enough’s” $35 million take. That was better than 1997’s “Tomorrow Never Dies,” which brought in $25 million, just $1 million behind Pierce Brosnan’s Bond debut in 1995’s “Goldeneye.” So while this is a great haul for the Bond franchise, it would be more shocking if “Skyfall” didn’t set a new mark. More impressively though is that “Skyfall” is already the 7th highest grossing of the 24 Bond films and will likely overtake “Quantum of Solace’s” $168 million haul in another two weeks. “Solace” is #187 on the all-time domestic list, but “Skyfall” has a very realistic shot of grossing over at least $250 million as it’s already grossed $518.6 million worldwide.

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RALPH (voice of John C. Reilly) and VANELLOPE VON SCHWEETZ (voice of Sarah Silverman) in the video game world of Sugar Rush.

2. Wreck-It Ralph – $33.1 million [2nd week; $93.7 million]  – The videogame animated film maintained a solid audience as it braces for competition from “Rise of the Guardians” on Nov. 21.

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Denzel Washington is Whip Whitaker in “FLIGHT.”

3. Flight – $15.1 million [2nd week; $47.8 million] The Denzel Washington drama held up pretty well seeing as how a lot of audience members had to consider this and “Skyfall.”

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[From left] JOHN GOODMAN as John Chambers, ALAN ARKIN as Lester Siegel and BEN AFFLECK as Tony Mendez in “ARGO,” a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films

4. Argo – $6.7 million [5th week; $85.7 million] Ben Affleck’s Oscar contender maintains its Top 5 slot for a fifth week.

5. Taken 2 – $4 million – [$131 million; 6th week] -Liam Neeson’s action thriller refuses to depart the Top 5 and continues to maintain its standing this week.