Skyfall: Most Popular Bond Picture

“Skyfall” will be released on January 21 in China, nearly three months after the Bond picture rolled out in the U.K.

“Skyfall” has a cumulative gross of $953.8 million worldwide with $275.1 million domestically and $678.7 million overseas, led by $158.4 million in the U.K., $77.1 million in Germany amd $56.8 million in France.

China is the final major market to open for “Skyfall.” Every other market launch in October and November, except for Japan, which opened December 1.

The 22nd Bond movie, “Quantum of Solace,” grossed $21 million in China as part of its $417 million foreign gross.

As of December 9, “Skyfall” became the highest-grossing pic ever for Sony and MGM, and is headed toward becoming the first-ever billion-dollar grosser for either studio. The 23rd James Bond film is a joint venture between Sony and MGM.

Sony launched the Bond picture internationally two weeks before the U.S., looking to capitalize on overseas holidays, as well as to distance the film from other tentpoles such as “Twilight” and “The Hobbit,” which bowed the weekend of December 14 in 55 day-and-date territories.