'Skyfall' Wins Box Office, Sets Franchise Record

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Taking in an estimated $87.8 million this weekend in the U.S., Skyfall made box office history as the biggest debut for a Bond film ever.

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The 23rd movie in the franchise, and star Daniel Craig's third's turn as the famed super-spy, took in $20 million more its opening weekend than 2008's Quantum of Solace ($67.5 million), the franchise's former best.

Disney's Wreck-It Ralph placed second with $33.1 million. The family friendly flick maintained a steady lead above Denzel Washington's Flight, which took in $15.1 million.

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Argo held forth this week at $6.7 million, followed closely behind by Liam Neeson's Taken 2 at $4.0 million.