Skyfall: Bond Film Most Popular in U.K. History

Sam Mendes' “Skyfall” has overtaken James Cameron's “Avatar” to become the highest grossing film of all-time at Britain's box office.

On Tuesday the 23rd James Bond film's U.K./Ireland gross reached £94.3 million ($151.9 million), after 40 days on release. Cameron's 3D blockbuster “Avatar” achieved a lifetime gross of $151.5 million.

“We're overwhelmed with gratitude to the cinema-going audiences in the U.K. who have made “Skyfall” the highest grossing film of all time,” said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions. “We are very proud of this film and thank everybody, especially Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, who have contributed to its success.”

“We are delighted that cinemagoers have so enthusiastically embraced “Skyfall” in such an incredible way,” said Peter Taylor, managing director of Sony Pictures Releasing U.K. “It seems particularly fitting in 2012 that the latest James Bond adventure should become the highest grossing movie ever marking the 50th anniversary of one of our truly iconic cultural characters in record breaking style.”

“Skyfall” is the most successful James Bond film at the global box office having taken over $870 million to date. It has taken $246.7 million at the domestic box office, far exceeding previous franchise record-holder, 2008's “Quantum of Solace” ($168.4 million). It has grossed over $623 million at the international box office, nearly $200 million ahead of Bond's previous best, 2006's “Casino Royale.”