‘Skyfall’ smashes first week UK box office record

Bond snatches the record from Harry Potter's grasp

Skyfall has set a new box office record in its opening week.

The 23rd Bond film took a whopping £37.2 million in its first seven days in cinemas, the largest opening week total in UK box office history. The previous record was set last July (2011) by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

Skyfall opened in the UK and Ireland on October 26, but it doesn’t arrive in US cinemas until November 9. The highest-grossing Bond film worldwide to date is Casino Royale, which raked in over $594 million (£370 million) in 2006.

Daniel Craig, who returns for his third outing as the iconic spy in Skyfall, is already confirmed for at last two more appearances. Last week, he dismissed rumours that the Bond franchise will continue with a new 007 story spread over two separate films.

Meanwhile, Skyfall director Sam Mendes has recently admitted that he would consider returning, depending on how the audience responds to his first Bond film. Alongside Craig, Skyfall also stars Ben Whishaw, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Naomie Harris. You can watch the trailer below.