The 23rd film in the Bond series has had a brilliant opening weekend, both here in the UK and also worldwide. It took £20.1m here in the UK over this weekend which not only makes it the best Bond opening of all time but also one of the best weekend openings of any movie here in the UK. Skyfall’s opening weekend also made it the biggest opening of any movie this year.
Despite opening to full cinemas this weekend Skyfall failed to make as much money as last year’s final instalment in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 took £23m in its opening weekend although it did benefit from being shown on more screens as well as having earlier screening times than Skyfall.
Skyfall was also just behind the £21.2m taken by Toy Story 3 in its opening weekend although that movie too had an advantage over Skyfall by having a 4-day opening weekend.
Skyfall has been a great critical success as well as a financial one with the movie opening to universally good reviews, many critics hailing it as possibly the best Bond movie ever. It also has opened up the debate on who is the best James Bond of all-time with the latest movie making many observers think that Daniel Craig may now have overtaken Sean Connery as the ultimate James Bond. One person who seemed to now favour Craig’s interpretation over Connery’s is another former Bond actor, Sir Roger Moore, who after watching Skyfall at a private screening announced that he believed Daniel Craig’s performance in the movie would go a long way to convincing people that his was the definitive Bond.
The pair had not had the greatest start to their week after Ola had to go back home to Poland to see her mother who had suffered a heart attack. Thankfully she now seems to be well on the road to recovery but Ola and Sid are both now looking a little sick after Sunday night’s dance-off.
Sid and Ola found themselves in a dance-off with Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff after their Halloween cha -cha-cha to the music from Ghostbusters failed to impress the judges.
It was the second week in a row that Sid was told his performance had gone back from that he had achieved in his earlier dance routines with Ola. Last week it was their tango to Here I Go Again from Rock of Ages that found them with the lowest score from the judges. However they were saved from the dreaded dance-off last week which saw Jerry Hall and Anton du Beke lose out to Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe.
The judges were no doubt pleased with their decision from last week as Michael Vaughan trained more hours than anyone during the week and pulled off a great performance with his quickstep to Glenn Miller’s That Old Black Magic scoring a total of 31 points to put him in joint second place with the judges.
Although we are losing one of the most attractive professional dancers far too early in the competition we can at least be grateful that Kristina Rihanoff has been saved!
The BBC will be delighted to see that yet again the show has triumphed in the ratings war with ITV’s X Factor.