"Skyfall," the 23rd film in the James Bond series, grossed a staggering $156 million abroad this weekend, bringing the overseas total to $287 million after just 10 days.
Sony will open “Skyfall” in the U.S. on Nov. 9.
The next biggest overseas earner was Paramount's "Paranormal Activity 4," according to box office tracking service Rentrak. The low-budget horror film took in $14.3 million from 32 markets, raising its overall foreign gross to $68 million and its worldwide total to $118 million. Sony's animated "Hotel Transylvania" tacked on another $13.7 million from 51 territories, to up its overall overseas gross to $115 million, $252 million worldwide. Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" got off to good start, drawing $12 million from seven markets.
With the success of "Skyfall," Sony Pictures Releasing International has posted its all-time biggest year at $2.16 billion, topping the previous best $2.14 billion in 2009. Worldwide, Sony is at $3.6 billion and steaming toward $4 billion.
"Skyfall" opened with a huge $23.9 million in Germany, which was the biggest opening of 2012, and 77% bigger than the opening of "Quantum of Solace" and 88% bigger than "Casino Royale," the last two Bond films. It launched in Italy with $7.9 million, which was the biggest opening of a Hollywood film this year.
The Imax results continued to be spectacular. "Skyfall" brought in $4.3 million in 132 locations over 36 territories, or $33,000 per screen. For the second consecutive week, "Skyfall" posted the best international non-summer/non-holiday opening weekend ever on Imax. The overall Imax gross for "Skyfall" after 10 days is $10 million.
“Skyfall” stars Daniel Craig as 007. Sam Mendes (“Revolutionary Road”) directs a cast that includes Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris.
Sony's markets earned an estimated $139 million for the weekend and MGM’s licensees did an estimated $17 million.