Only 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2' made more in its first three days of release

Skyfall raked in a whopping £20.1 million during its opening weekend at the UK box office.

That total is the second best opening weekend in UK box office history. Only Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, released in July 2011, made more in its first three days of release.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures told The Hollywood Reporter that Skyfall broke the all-time Saturday attendance record in the UK. Discussing the film’s bumper opening across all international markets excluding the US, Sony exec Rory Bruer said: “This picture has such an incredible DNA and to be so loved by critics and audiences alike will push it be one of the biggest, if not biggest, Bond pics.”

In the UK, Skyfall‘s opening weekend gives it a significant head start on Daniel Craig‘s previous Bond movies. Casino Royale took £13.4 million over its opening weekend in 2006, while Quantum Of Solace made £15.4 million during its first three days on release in 2008. Skyfall is due to hit US cinemas on November 9.

Meanwhile, Skyfall writer John Logan has already started scripting the next two Bond movies, which will tell an ongoing story across two separate films. Daniel Craig is confirmed to star in the two-parter, while director Sam Mendes has admitted that he would consider returning to the franchise.