The newest James Bond flick Skyfall has landed in theaters, with the twenty-third installment in the franchise expected to rake in a big haul at the box office...
It’s off to a fast start, pulling in $77 million during its opening weekend.
But will it be the biggest grossing Bond film of all time? Let’s take a look at the stiff competition it faces from past Bond blockbusters in its quest to become the top money-making Bond film of all time.
The first Bond film was released in 1962 so all the figures below have been adjusted for inflation to equivalent 2011 dollars.
1. Thunderball ($1.0 billion box office gross): Modern day Bond fans that know Sean Connery more for his role in The Hunt for Red October don’t realize just how huge Bond films were in the mid 1960s. Thunderball and Goldfinger together generated nearly $2 billion in ticket sales when adjusted for inflation in 1964-1965.
2. Goldfinger ($900 million): Goldfinger was the third film in the series and was released in 1964, with Bond mania in full force. It was the first Bond film to win an Academy Award and was a critical success as well as a box office smash. It recouped its entire budget in just two weeks at the box office.
3. Live and Let Die ($825 million): This is the best showing at the box office for Roger Moore’s take on the Bond character, coming in his debut as Bond, James Bond. Released in 1973 during the heydey of blaxploitation films, it’s one of the few Bond pics to focus on drug trafficking and assorted lowlifes instead of scheming super-villains.
4. You Only Live Twice ($750 million): You Only Live Twice was the fifth Bond installment to hit theaters in 1967, with Sean Connery again successfully carrying the film to a huge haul at the box office. Four Bond films in total were released from 1963-1967 and they collectively made oer $3 billion at the box office after adjusting for inflation.
5. The Spy Who Loved Me ($700 million): Roger Moore cracks the top five list again in the second Bond movie from the 1970s to make the list.
As far as films that just missed making the list, Casino Royale in 2006 was the best performer of modern day Bond films with just over $650 million in inflation adjusted box office sales.
The worst performer of the 23 Bond flicks? License to Kill featuring Timothy Dalton -- no one’s favorite actor to play Bond -- which “just” made a little under $300 million at the box office.