"Skyfall" opens with sky-high box office in U.K.

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions Francois Duhamel

"Skyfall" doesn't open in the U.S. until Nov. 9, but it's already taking the British box office by storm.

Producers say the new James Bond film "Skyfall," has had the second-biggest opening weekend in British movie history, taking 20.1 million pounds ($32 million) at the U.K. box office.

That is the biggest opening weekend for any of the 23 Bond films, but it wasn't big enough to dethrone Harry Potter. The "Skyfall" opening came in just behind last year's final Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," which took 23 million pounds in its first weekend in Britain.

"Skyfall" opened this weekend in 25 global markets, taking in a total of $77.7 million between Friday and Sunday.

The film, directed by Sam Mendes, stars Daniel Craig as 007 and Javier Bardem as a villain bent on revenge.

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