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Daniel Craig appears as James Bond in the 2012 film Skyfall, a scene set in Shanghai. - Provided courtesy of Sony Pictures / Francois Duhamel

'Skyfall,' the 23rd James Bond film, rules Friday box office with $31 million

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11/10/2012 by Olivia Allin

"Skyfall," the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise, topped Friday's box office after earning $30.8 million.

The Sony action film earned an additional $2.2 million in Thursday night's IMAX theaters and has earned almost $400 million worldwide. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Skyfall" is looking at a possible $80 million weekend opening, which would make it the top earning Bond film, without accounting for inflation.

The first film starring Craig as Bond, "Casino Royale," has made $594 million since its 2006 release, while the second, "Quantum of Solace," earned $586 million since it hit theaters in 2008.

However, according to Boxofficemojo.com, following an adjustment of average ticket prices due to inflation, the title goes to the 1965 movie "Thunderball," which starred Sean Connery as 007. The film made $63.5 million, which would be worth almost $600 million today.

In "Skyfall," which was helmed by "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig reprises his role as James Bond. The movie sees Bond's loyalty to Judi Dench's character, MI6 chief M, tested after her past comes back to haunt her. The British Secret Intelligence Service is attacked and 007 sets off to stop its perpetrator.

The trailer for "Skyfall" shows Daniel Craig's Bond coming back from the dead and a blond Javier Bardem as the film's villain, Silva. Mendes gave OTRC.com some insight into his heroes' resurrection.

"Skyfall" has already set a new UK record, breaking the UK box office record previously held by "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2." In its first week in theaters in the UK, "Skyfall" earned $59.86 million. "Deathly Hallows Part 2" earned $57.4 million. The Bond flick is also the third-highest grossing film of the year in the UK, behind "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers."

Daniel Day Lewis stars in "Lincoln," which earned an impressive $268,000 after a limited opening in 11 markets on November 9.

The Disney DreamWorks film, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, also stars Sally Field as First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as her and the president's son, Robert. "Lincoln" focuses on the U.S. leader's final months in office, during which he pushes to end the Civil War, unite the people - including the politicians who oppose him - and pass legislation that would abolish slavery.

Watch the trailers for "Skyfall" and "Lincoln" below.

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