Skyfall has broken British box office records, sailing past the £100million mark in takings, having also raked in $1billion worldwide.
This achievement has made Daniel Craig's return to the role of James Bond the most financially successful film in the franchise's 50-year history, surpassing James Cameron's Avatar, which was the previous record holder after taking in £94million at the box office. However, Avatar reached its final sum 11 months after its release, whereas Skyfall did so within just 40 days.
This news will be welcomed by distributors Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, whose decision to back a new Bond film following the disappointing Quantum of Solace was considered risky when the studio ran into financial troubles.
Daniel Craig has also signed up for two more Bond films in the wake of Skyfall's success, with the latest in the series expected as early as 2014, meaning that he is likely to surpass Pierce Brosnan as the third most enduring Bond in the series' history, behind the inimitable Roger Moore and Sean Connery.
The 23rd Bond film is also the third blockbuster this year that has surpassed the $1billion mark, following in the footsteps of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.