‘Skyfall’ Beats ‘Dark Knight Rises’ at the Worldwide Box Office

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That director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight influenced the 23rd James Bond installment Skyfall is no secret; indeed, director Sam Mendes has admitted the social relevance and personal artistic touch of Nolan’s approach to Batman inspired him to accept the challenge of making a thoughtful, yet entertaining, blockbuster featuring 007 (currently played by Daniel Craig).

It’s somewhat ironic, then, that Skyfall has excelled beyond Nolan’s Batman trilogy finale The Dark Knight Rises, in terms of the overall critical reception – though, both films nonetheless easily qualify as ‘critical darlings’ – and now, with respect to the $1 billion box office returns from around the globe.

Skyfall has officially passed Dark Knight Rises at the worldwide box office, with a $1.09 billion take (and growing) that makes it the seventh highest-grossing film of all time. Mendes’ picture benefitted from a strong opening in China a couple weeks back, with its gross in the country passing $50 million over the weekend; though, it may not have gotten enough of a boost to climb past Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.119 billion) and Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.123 billion) and eventually make its way into the top 5 of all time.

Meanwhile, The Avengers still holds domestic and worldwide box office crowns of 2012, with Dark Knight Rises remaining the bigger financial success in the States ($448 million vs. Skyfall‘s $303 million). Still, when you consider how Craig’s third round as Agent 007 has made nearly as much as his first two ventures combined (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace took in $1.185 billion together), well… that is a testament to just how much audiences rallied around Mendes’ version of Bond.

The Dark Knight Rises pic Skyfall Beats Dark Knight Rises at the Worldwide Box Office

On a related note: Warner Bros.’ Oscar campaign for Dark Knight Rises proved to be a failure, as the film did not receive a single Academy Award nod. Skyfall, on the other hand, is up for five Oscars overall, with the theme song from Adele and Paul Epworth currently a frontrunner to win; similarly, the cinematography from Roger Deakins and the sound design team’s mixing/editing all stand a good chance of being recognized.

That’s all to say: as far as last year goes, Bond ultimately beat Batman.

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The Dark Knight Rises is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Skyfall will release on DVD and Blu-ray on February 12th, 2013.

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  1. Congrats to both and wow to this thread, fanboys calling others “fanboys” and the never ending fight about TDKR. I guess I don’t have any “common sense” (as someone posted somewhere up there) or must be really “stupid” because I loved the TDKR.

    Anyway I can’t wait to pick my copy of Skyfall next week, can’t wait to watch it again.

    On a side note since there are some Batman fans in this discussion, I sure hope you reading the current stories because they have been very entertaining.

  2. Didn’t Bond and Batman come out MONTHS ago?

    Or did I miss something?

    • Maybe you missed the point that the movie was launched only a couple of weeks ago in China, as the article clearly mentions?

      Means, the counter is still ticking, and the growing numbers might take Skyfall even higher in the ranking.

      Which makes me think you missed the whole point of the article.

  3. What is the point of this article, Skyfall beat Batman, good, it also beat Twilight, all the Harry Potter movies except Deathly Hallows, all the Lord of the Ring movies except Return of the King, all the Spider-Man movies including The Amazing Spider-Man this year, and also has beaten Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Iron Man in solo movies.

    Why not talk about all the movies that Skyfall has beat in the history of cinema, why only focus on how it beat The Dark knight Rises and make it sound like there were in competition, and TDKR lost. Why mention about the critical reception and Oscar nominations, i don’t understand the point of the article. It feel like it was to get Bond fans and Batman fans to argue and fight, is that was the purpose, then you guys succeeded, congratulations.

    Skyfall and TDKR are both awesome movies, I’m tired of this Marvel vs DC, The Dark Knight Rises vs The Avengers, and know we going to have Batman vs Bond arguments it is berry annoying.

    • The Oscars suck anyway. How about giving me an award for doing my job?! Real work for mediocre pay… Wish I could make millions and earn interest almost tax free! Long live Obummer! I like how corporations are demonized but not Hollywood.

      • +1

      • The entertainment industry is not the only industry in the United States to hand out awards to those who excel in their jobs. It’s actually quite common in any position that is a job where an individual’s work ethic can be uniquely identified. If you’re working a position where no awards exist for said position, you are probably working a crap job where there are way too many people doing the exact, menial work as you are to be worthy of any type of awarding of succeeding in a way that others in the same position may not be.

        Not Hollywood’s fault.

    • What’s the point of your post? So many articles on here if you see one you don’t like move on. What an arrogant self centered rant.

    • I do wonder how you would run a website like this.

      Articles like this discuss many different points of view, but if your opinion is not reflected, this does not mean other people won´t like it, it´s just you.

      Plus, it´s articles like this, among other good stuff, which make screenrant a nice movie website, imho.

    • Why do nolanites get sooooooo offended when anybody says anything about their precious Batman trilogy? I loved the movies too but geez it’s not that serious people trash the avengers all the time I don get butt hurt over it

  4. I like how Skyfall borrowed from every previous James Bond film. We had Max Zorin as a villain again which was great! Ah hah hah hah hah! You amuse me Mr. Bond!

  5. Must say that i love the Batman franchise way more than I like the Bond franchise, so it would be an unfair comparison. So thinking that they are equal makes the Bond movie better I guess.

  6. I’ll Never Choose!

    I liked them both equally and they were worth my $12+. However I think Adele’s song is over rated. Its good but not That good. I put it agains’t Snake Eaters intro..

  7. I don’t think I could choose. I loved them both.

  8. Bondman was better than both of them.

  9. Beating “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” at the box office did not make “SKYFALL” better. At least for me.

  10. TDKR critical rating 8.6. Skyfall 7.9. So STFUP!