~ Second Highest Opening Weekend for a Hollywood Film in India ~
Mumbai, 8th November 2012… Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that the hugely anticipated 23rd Bond film SKYFALL posted a huge gross of INR 27.5 cr (USD 5.1m) approximately in its four-day opening weekend which makes it the second biggest opening weekend ever for a Hollywood film in India and the highest for a non-3D film. Sony Pictures India released the film on Thursday, 1st November with 907 prints (the largest 2D Hollywood release ever) in four languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu - and in 2D and IMAX formats. Skyfall’s weekend had the best opening for a Bond film in India so far, exceeding other big box office performers Quantum of Solace (2008) and Casino Royale (2006). Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale posted lifetime GBOs of INR 44.4 cr and INR 40.3 cr respectively. It also posted the biggest ever Thursday opening for any Hollywood title with INR 6.5 cr.
Kercy Daruwala, Managing Director, Sony Pictures India commented on the record opening saying, “SKYFALL has not only continued India’s fascination with the James Bond franchise, but also expanded it. The anticipation for the film has been unprecedented, going into high gear with the celebrations of the 50th year of the film franchise earlier in October. Extremely positive reviews and word-of-mouth will ensure that the film has a long and successful run at the box office and will garner repeat viewings as well.”
In SKYFALLTM, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. Earlier this year, Sony Pictures India had the #1 Hollywood opening weekend of all time with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MANTM (3D) and another top 15 opening weekend in MEN IN BLACK 3TM (3D).
About Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE and SKYFALL.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels, including MGM-branded channels. For more information, visit
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Sony Pictures India is the #1 Hollywood studio in India with four out of the top ten Hollywood films of all time in India including blockbusters like 2012, The Amazing Spider-ManTM, Spider-Man 3TM and Quantum of SolaceTM.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 159 countries.