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James Bond: The billion dollar spy

James Bond: The billion dollar spy
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The 23rd James Bond adventure, ‘Skyfall’, has reached the symbolic threshold of one billion dollars in revenue worldwide. The film, directed by Sam Mendes – an Oscar winner in 2000 for ‘American Beauty’ – is the first in the saga of the MI6 spy to reach a ten-digit total.

In 2012 ‘Skyfall’ finished in third place at the box office worldwide, behind ‘The Avengers’ (over $1.5 billion) and the last Batman instalment, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (around $1.1 billion). It also figures in 14th place in the history of cinema, a ranking that is topped by two James Cameron works, ‘Avatar’ ($2.7 billion) and ‘Titanic’ ($2.1 billion).

In Europe, the story of 007, played for the third time by Daniel Craig, and a former British Secret Service spy played by Javier Bardem, broke the record for the number of cinema entries in the UK by dethroning ‘Avatar’. The French public also warmed to the film, with more than six million spectators flocking to cinemas in France to watch ‘Skyfall’.

The film is still playing in many countries and this year it will hit some key markets, including China; business is still very much open for the latest in the Bond franchise.

The most profitable legacy in film making

With a budget estimated at $200 million, ‘Skyfall’ has reported, for the moment, five times the original investment. The first James Bond film, ‘Dr. No’, produced in 1962, remains the most profitable of the series in terms of cost/profit ratio: the film grossed nearly 60 times the budget of just one million dollars.

Highest grossing films of all time

  1. Avatar – $2,782,275,172
  2. Titanic – $2,185,372,302
  3. The Avengers – $1,511,757,910
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $1,328,111,219
  5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $1,123,746,996
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – $1,119,929,521
  7. The Dark Knight Rises – $1,081,041,287
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $1,066,179,725
  9. Toy Story 3 – $1,063,171,911
  10. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $1,043,871,802
  11. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – $1,027,044,677
  12. Alice in Wonderland – $1,024,299,904
  13. The Dark Knight – $1,004,558,444
  14. Skyfall – $1,000,200,000
  15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – $974,755,371

Highest grossing films adjusted for inflation

  1. Gone with the Wind (1939) $3,301,400,000
  2. Avatar (2009) $2,782,300,000 2009
  3. Star Wars (1977) $2,710,800,000
  4. Titanic (1997) $2,413,800,000
  5. The Sound of Music (1965) $2,269,800,000
  6. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $2,216,800,000
  7. The Ten Commandments (1956) $2,098,600,000
  8. Doctor Zhivago (1965) $1,988,600,000
  9. Jaws (1975) $1,945,100,000
  10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $1,746,100,000
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