Upon opening in just 463 IMAX and other premium large format locations on Thursday, Sony's Skyfall was able to debut in first place with an estimated $2.2 million. In addition to the film's performance on Thursday, Skyfall also grossed an estimated $2.4 million from midnight screenings on Friday. That places the early domestic total for the latest James Bond film at $4.6 million. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the progress of Skyfall at the box office.
Disney's Wreck-It Ralph fell one spot to claim second place on Thursday with $2.06 million. The video game themed 3D computer animated film was up a healthy 13 percent over Wednesday. Wreck-It Ralph was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $60.63 million. That was towards the higher end of pre-release expectations and was 2 percent higher than the seven-day start of 2010's Megamind (which received a bit of a boost in its first week from Veterans Day falling on a Thursday). With Veterans Day falling on a Sunday this year, Wreck-It Ralph and the marketplace in general should see inflated daily grosses this coming Monday.
Paramount's Flight placed in third with $1.84 million. The Denzel Washington vehicle directed by Robert Zemeckis was up 5 percent and down one spot from Wednesday. Flight was off to a very impressive first week performance of $32.67 million this week (especially when taking into account that the film was playing in a relatively modest 1,884 locations). That was good enough for second place this week and was 13 percent stronger than the $28.86 million seven-day start of 2010's Unstoppable (which debuted in 3,207 locations).
The Man with the Iron Fists rounded out its first week in theatres with a fifth place take of $0.46 million. Universal's low-budget martial arts action film starring Russell Crowe fell 6 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. The Man with the Iron Fists placed in fourth for the week with a seven-day start of $10.23 million. That was in line with the film's modest pre-release expectations.