MANILA – Box-office numbers are sky-high for the latest James Bond action-thriller “Skyfall” as it opened at No. 1 in the Philippines with a nationwide gross of P77.7 million for the Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 period.
This was announced on Monday by Victor R. Cabrera, managing director of Columbia Pictures.
Arriving in IMAX, 2D and regular theaters, “Skyfall” now holds the record for the biggest opening ever for a James Bond film, outpacing 2008's “Quantum of Solace” – as well as the fifth-best launch all-time for a Columbia Pictures title, ahead of 2002's “Spider-Man.”
Internationally, “Skyfall” took in $156 million over the weekend bringing its overseas total to $287 million. The film opens in North America this Friday, November 9.
In the Philippines, the highest box-office receipts were led by SM Mall of Asia (P4.68 million), Trinoma (P4.52 million) and Power Plant (P3.56 million).
Not to be outdone were SM North EDSA (P3.11 million), Newport (P3.06 million), Greenbelt 3 (P2.87 million), SM Megamall, (P2.71 million), Glorietta 4 (P2.51 million), SM Cebu (P2.36 million) and Eastwood (P2.33 million).
“Skyfall” is also a big hit among Filipino critics, most of them hailing it as the best of the franchise.
Ruel de Vera of Philippine Daily Inquirer, wrote: "'Skyfall' is the film that will define Bond for the new generation—where Daniel Craig finally replaces Sean Connery as the premier Bond actor—and, by remembering its storied, heroic past and daring to deploy 007 in the treacherous present, stands as the best James Bond film ever."
Philbert Dy of ClickTheCity shared that "Skyfall" is "an exquisitely made film, with some of the best cinematography that you’ll find today. The film is a real treat for Bond fans, and still quite a fun ride for everyone else."
"'Skyfall' earns its spurs as the pantheon’s best by placing human connections front and center," noted David Dizon of ABS-CBNnews.com. "It shows us a Bond that is willing to endure pain not out of some grand notion of loyalty to the crown but out of respect and daresay love for an elder."
Craig is back as James Bond in 'Skyfall,' the 23rd installment of the longest-running film franchise in history. In the film, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past returns to haunt her.