James Bond's market appeal within the United States is finally catching up with his huge successes overseas.
The latest entry in the series, "Skyfall," debuted to a stellar $87.8 million U.S. domestic opening weekend (and that's not including $2.2 million from IMAX exclusive Thursday night previews). That's over $20 million ahead of the previous 007 record holder, 2008's "Quantum of Solace," which opened to $67 million at the time.
The worldwide haul for "Skyfall" is expected to pass the $500 million mark by the end of the weekend, while the film's overall global gross by the end of its run should easily surpass the $590 million made by each of the two previous Daniel Craig entries. How far it will surpass it is now the big question.
Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's much lauded "Lincoln" over performed on its limited release on eleven screens with an astonishing $81,800 per screen average. It's slated to go wide this coming Friday.