Sam Mendes' Skyfall has become the top-grossing film in the James Bond franchise, not accounting for inflation.
Returning Daniel Craig in the role of 007 for a third time, Skyfall's global cume through Sunday is $669.2 million, pushing it well ahead of the $599.2 million earned by Casino Royale in 2006.
The success of Skyfall has been a boon for Sony, which is enjoying a record year. Sony is releasing and marketing the movie on behalf of MGM and EON Productions.
On Sunday, Sony chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution Jeff Blake announced that the studio has crossed $4 billion in global tickets sales for the first time in its history. The studio's previous best was $3.6 billion in 2009.
Sony's 2012 slate also includes The Amazing Spider-Man ($754 million worldwide), Men in Black 3 ($624 million) and Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania ($283 million ).
“Exceeding $4 billion globally is a true rarity in this industry and it’s an extraordinary accomplishment for all of us at Sony Pictures," Blake said.
Skyfall has done massive business internationally, grossing $507.9 million through Sunday. Its domestic total is $161.3 million.
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