Japan opens for 'Skyfall' business with $6m weekend

Skyfall - 04-12-12
James Bond fans in Japan finally got their slice of 007 action this weekend as "Skyfall" bowed across the country, in the penultimate major territory to open.

The debut two-day weekend for Daniel Craig's third turn as 007 scooped an estimated 455 million yen ($5.5 million) in the country.

"Skyfall" opened on 584 screens (355 subtitled, 229 for dubbed) and saw 252,000 admissions on Saturday and 147,000 on Sunday.

Its performance was 69% better than "Casino Royale" and 49 % bigger than "Quantum of Solace".

It is expected that Japan will contribute approximately $20m-$25m to the global total which currently stands at $869m.

Industry experts project "Skyfall" will pass $950 worldwide before the film opens in China in February 2013, which could push the already record breaking film over the $1b mark.

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