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'Skyfall' becomes highest-grossing film ever in UK

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Skyfall has become the highest-grossing film ever at the UK box office.

Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond - the 23rd official movie in the series - has smashed the previous record held by Avatar in just 40 days.

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The film, directed by Sam Mendes, has taken £94,277,612. Avatar took 11 months to reach its lifetime gross of £94,025,632.

Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "We're overwhelmed with gratitude to the cinema-going audiences in the UK who have made Skyfall the highest-grossing film of all time.

"We are very proud of this film and thank everybody, especially Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, who have contributed to its success."

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Gary Barber, chairman and CEO of MGM, added: "I am incredibly proud of the amazing heights to which this film continues to soar and wish to again congratulate all involved on reaching such a tremendous milestone."

Managing director of Sony Pictures Releasing UK Peter Taylor said: "We are delighted that cinema-goers have so enthusiastically embraced Skyfall in such an incredible way.

"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."

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