Skyfall ticket sales total $287 million after 10 days

Ticket sales of Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, totaled $287 million after 10 days of release, the DEADLINE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS WEB SITE and BOX OFFICE MOJO WEB SITE reported in separate stories.

The movie, which comes to U.S. theaters on Nov. 9 (the day before at Imax theaters), had ticket sales of $156 million this weekend. Nikki Finke, founder and editor-and-chief writes of Deadline writes:

“Overseas Bond numbers are huge. Exceptional results across the board fr Skyfall,” a Sony exec tells me. Sony’s markets earned an estimated $139 million for the weekend and MGM’s licensees did and estimated $17 million. IMAX issued an estimated weekend gross of $4.3M in 132 overseas locations over 36 territories, or $33,000+ per screen. Among holdovers, the UK fell off just 21% from its opening weekend to gross $25.7M and bring the 10-day market cume to a staggering $85.8M. France added $14.3M in its 2nd frame to bring the market cume to $30.0M, already passing the lifetime of Casino Royale and a day from passing Quantum Of Solace.

Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures unit is releasing Skyfall and co-financed the film with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

You can CLICK HERE to read the entire Deadline story or CLICK HERE to view all of the Box Office Mojo story.

One item of note in Finke’s piece. It says, “Skyfall cost much less than” either Casino Royale or Quantum of Solace. Finke doesn’t provide an estimate of production costs. If correct, that would mean that Skyfall is more profitable than the previous two 007 entries. That’d be good news for Sony and MGM because of falling sales for DVDs.

Quantum cost as much as $230 million to make. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the co-bosses of Eon Productions, have said Skyfall cost about as much as Quantum, though they haven’t provided a figure either.

UPDATE: A reader (see response) noes that Casino cost less and provided an estimate. Other estimates have been $102 million at The Numbers Web site and $150 million at Box Office Mojo..

Sony watch: studio looks to Skyfall for a lift

Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond movie, can’t have come soon enough for Sony Corp. and its Sony Pictures unit.

Sony reported a lot of bad numbers this week. The parent company reported its seventh straight quarterly loss (details can be found BY CLICKING HERE to view a Bloomberg News story). It had been expeced by analysts to post a profit. Sony Corp. is now worth less than 10 percent of what it was in 2000.

Sony Pictures had an operating profit, but it was down almost 62 percent, according to the Deadline Web site from a year earlier. The Amazing Spider-Man released in July was a big help, the Total Recall remake released in August was not. Sony Corp. said the movie business is not for sale, according to Deadline. Sony Pictures will release two fewer movies a year starting in 2014, according to the Los Angeles Times.

All of which brings us to Skyfall, which Sony is releasing and co-financed with Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. The Bond movie set a seven-day ticket sales record in the U.K., according to Deadline and has sold about $100 million in tickets in various markets since its Oct. 26 debut. Skyfall reaches U.S. shores Nov. 8 at Imax theaters and goes into general release the next day.

Skyfall by itself won’t cure the ills of Sony and Sony Pictures. It’s just one movie and the studio unit has to share Skyfall’s take with MGM and theater chains. But assuming the positive box office buzz continues, Sony won’t mind at all reporting Skyfall numbers. Sony Pictures also will co-finance Bond 24 and Bond 25.

Box Office Mojo projects modest rise for Skyfall in U.S.

The Box Office Mojo Web site has projected about a 10 percent rise in North American ticket sales for Skyfall compared with 2008’s Quantum of Solace.

The Web site predicts Skyfall’s ticket sales in the region will total $185 million, compared with $168.4 million for Quantum of Solace, the most recent 007 movie. Quantum set a regional record for Bond movies in 2008.

An excerpt:

With killer previews, an Adele theme song that’s getting tons of radio play, and some of the best reviews in the franchise’s history, expect a new high mark to be set by Skyfall.

Average U.S. movie ticket prices increased 10 percent from $7.18 in 2008 to $7.93 in 2011.

Box Office Mojo’s projection isn’t a consensus. Deadline, the Nikki Finke-founded entertainment news Web site, says there are “all-in guesstimates” that Skyfall will have U.S. ticket sales of $215 million.

Skyfall is a much hotter ticket outside the U.S. The Hollywood Reporter says the 23rd James Bond movie may pass the $100 million mark in ticket sales on Nov. 1. The film opened in the U.K. and other markets on Oct. 26 and opens in the U.S. on Nov. 9.

Skyfall projected to set U.K. box office record, Deadline says

UPDATE (2:15 p.m. New York Time): The Web site has a COPY OF A SONY PICTURES PRESS RELEASE. It estimates Skyfall’s opening weekend in the U.K. at 20.1 million pounds ($32.4 million) and $77.7 million in 25 markets.

EARLIER: The Deadline entertainment news Web site, IN A POST LATE OCT. 27, said Skyfall is projected to set a U.K. box office record, with ticket sales of 20 million British pounds, or $32 million, in its opening weekend.

Deadline cited “sources” it didn’t further describe. Casino Royale had an opening weekend ticket sales of 13.37 million British pounds and Quantum of Solace 15.38 million, the Web site said.

Some details in an excerpt:

Skyfall‘s Friday opening day of £6.2M ($9.99M) also shattered Quantum Of Solace‘s previous recordholder of £4.9M. Saturday was expected to be higher and Sunday’s about the same. (Numbers may be refined on Sunday…) Helping total grosses, Skyfall was expected to be shown almost 75 to 100 times in round-the-clock screenings over its opening weekend at some UK cinemas in London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Southhampton.

The Web site, founded and edited by Nikki Finke, has a good accuracy record with its scoops. It was the first outlet to report that Sam Mendes was involved with Skyfall.

Bond 24 coming in 2 or 3 years, producers say

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, co-bosses of Eon Productions gave an interview to the DEN OF GEEK Web site. In it, they indicate that Bond 24 could arrive in 2014 or 2015.

Barbara Broccoli

Here’s the exchange:

Have any preparations been made for Bond 24 yet?

Broccoli: No, no.

How long a space do you think you’ll need?

Wilson: If we’re rapid it’ll be two years, if we’re not it’ll be three. It’ll be in that time period.

Barbara Broccoli is also quoted as saying, “So I think we just want to open this one, have a bit of a break and get on with the next one.”

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio that controls half of the 007 franchise, and Sony Pictures, which co-financed and is releasing Skyfall, have indicated they want to get the series back to an every-other-year schedule.

The Den of Geek interview was posted on Oct. 25. One day later, the Deadline entertainment Web site reported that John Logan was hired to write scripts for Bond 24 and Bond 25. The Hollywood Reporter had a story reporting the same thing. Both said Logan pitched an original two-movie story line.

John Logan to write Bond 24 AND Bond 25, Deadline says

Skyfall co-scripter John Logan

First, the Daily Mail says John Logan, co-writer of Skyfall, has signed to write Bond 24. Now, the Deadline entertainment news Web site says Logan has a deal TO WRITE THE NEXT TWO 007 MOVIES.

An excerpt:

EXCLUSIVE: As buzz builds for the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall, the franchise’s producers have quietly made a deal with John Logan to write not one but two 007 films. I’m told that Logan pitched an original two-movie arc to Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson while they were shooting Skyfall, and that he has already begun writing the scripts. If plans work out, this would be the first Bond film with a storyline to be played out over multiple films, and it certainly makes it feasible that the pictures could be shot back-to-back.

The “I’m” refers to Deadline’s Mike Fleming, who has trumped Baz Bagimpoye of the U.K. Daily Mail, who was the first to report that Logan would script the next Bond movie.

If the Deadline report is true, it would mark a departure for Eon Productions.

In the early 1990s, Eon co-founder Albert R. Broccoli put the company up for sale. No deal resulted. Then, there was talk that Eon was stockpiling scripts so it could get off to a running start once a legal dispute between Eon and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was resolved. But even after the legal fight ended, no multi-movie scheme occurred. Instead, everything went back to square one, which resulted in 1995’s GoldenEye.

The background of all this: MGM wants to get Bond movies back on an every-other-year schedule (MGM said this as part of it s2010 bankruptcy). Sony wants the next Bond movie out in 2014 (making an announcement to theater executives earlier this year that would happen). The one piece of the puzzle: Eon itself, where co-boss Barbara Broccoli hasn’t publicly committed to such a schedule.

As Lt. Colubmo once said, “Just one more thing.” Eon has long said it doesn’t like any of the continuation novels commissioned by Glidrose/Ian Fleming Publications after the death of Ian Fleming. Eon co-boss Michael G. Wilson, at a 1995 fan convention in New York, indicated he didn’t like any of the John Gardner continuation novels. So, if John Logan really has a two-picture writing deal, it will probably be a new story and not based on any continuation novel.

Also, to date, Eon hasn’t demonstrated the kind of long range planning that the Marvel Studios unit of Walt Disney Co. has.

UPDATE (Oct. 27): The Hollywood Reporter has a STORY ON THIS which adds Logan’s two screenplays will tell an original story and aren’t based on anything by Ian Fleming.

MGM watch: 007’s studio decides to go with 1 CEO

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 007’s home studio, has decided to go with just one CEO instead of two.

The company said Oct. 3 that Roger Birnbaum stepped down as co-chairman and co-chief executive officer. That leaves Gary Barber alone at the top of MGM. Birnbaum will go back to being a producer and he’ll work out of MGM.

Barber and Birnbaum founded Spyglass Entertainment and they were recruited to take charge of MGM as it went through bankruptcy. Barber now will lead MGM as it seeks to become a publicly traded company again. Birnbaum, meanwhile, will be producing remakes of Death Wish, War Games and The Magnificent Seven.


MGM owns half the Bond franchise with the Broccoli-Wilson clan. The studio is co-financing Skyfall, the upcoming 007 film, with Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures unit.

Daily Mail says Craig to get $32 million for Bonds 24 and 25

Daniel Craig will get a combined 20 million pounds, or about $32 million based on conversion rates as of Sept. 9 for Bond 24 and Bond 25, according to the U.K Daily Mail, which didn’t specify how it obtained that information.

Daniel Craig with Jeffrey Wright in Craig’s 007 debut, Casino Royale.

The story (which you can view by CLICKING HERE) has this phrasing:

Craig, 44, who makes his third outing as 007 in Skyfall later this year, signed a deal last week which is expected to see him earn £10  million per picture.

What isn’t known is WHO expects this. The Daily Mail? Somebody else who knows the details? Assuming a contract was actually signed, Craig, Eon Production, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony would actually know the amount involved.

The MI6 007 fan Web site reported last week that Craig was contracted for two more movies after the upcoming Skyfall. The Deadline entertainment news Web site in its story on the subject also reported that Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures extended an agreement to co-finance 007 movies with MGM through Bond 25. That accord was originally set Skyfall and Bond 24.

007 updates: Skyfall score recording; MI6-Deadline spat

If you know where to look on Twitter, you can pick up on 007 related events. Some examples:

Skyfall’s score being recorded: The music for the 23rd James Bond movie has been recorded the past few weeks according to TWEETS BY TONY LEWIS, A MUSIC EDITOR. He hasn’t disclosed much. An Aug. 15 Tweet said, “It may feel like oct 26 is miles away but we’re on the home straight now 😉 it’s going to be massive. #skyfall” Oct. 26 is the U.K. release date. An Aug. 5 Tweet says, “Another great day at @AbbeyRoad – we’re so close now you can almost touch it. #SKYFALL”

In another Aug. 5 Tweet, Lewis responded to a question about what Thomas Newman’s score for the movie was like. Lewis’s response: “sadly not – NDA’s forbid me – all I can say is that it’s ace.” Presumably NDA is short for non-disclosure agreement.

MI6’s clash with Deadline: On Sept. 6, the MI6 James Bond fan Web site had a story that Daniel Craig had been signed for Bond 24 and 25. That story was cited by a number of Web sites, including THE HUFFINGTON POST.

A day later, the Deadline entertainment-news Web site said it confirmed Craig had signed for the two future 007 movies without mentioning the MI6 story. Later that evening, MI6 fired back FROM ITS TWITTER FEED. That Tweet read:

@NikkiFinke Another day, another Deadline story ripped without credit. You know where you heard it first…. Craig for Bond 24 & 25

Finke is founder and editor-in-chief of Deadline and co-author of its story of the Craig signing. Back in January 2010, Deadline was the first TO REPORT that Eon was negotiating to bring Sam Mendes aboard what would become Skyfall. Shortly after that, Mendes’ publicist confirmed the talks to a U.K. newspaper while the director denied it to The Wall Street Journal.

Rev. Moon and his 007 connection

Terence Young

Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church, has died at age 92. His obituaries make for interesting reading for a number of reasons, but we’re noting it because of his James Bond connection.

That connection? Well, as the Deadline entertainment Web site notes, the Unification Church financed 1981’s Inchon, which was a big critical and financial bomb. The film told the story behind one of the key battles of the Korean War and was directed by Terence Young, who helmed three of the first four James Bond movies.

Paul Scrabo’s “Bond Memories” video series noted a number of 007 connections in the cast, including Gabriele Ferzetti and (probably) Rik Van Nutter. The video also has some behind-the-scenes footage:

Also, in “Bond Vivant,” a John Cork-directed documentary that’s an extra on 007 DVDs, actress Luciana Paluzzi describes how Young took a quick break from filming Inchon to give her away at her wedding. Paluzzi, of course, was the femme fatale in Thunderball, Young’s last 007 movie.