James Bond has always had the sway of the box office. This time around he looks to make an ever bigger impression. His newest entry Skyfall will become the franchise’s most successful ever, here are main reasons why….
Totally just played Black Ops 2, I can make this shot.
1/ Audience demand is sky high.
Twitter and the rest of social media is burning up with Skyfall anticipation. But we’ve seen sequels with high social media presence go down on opening weekend (Scream 4 being one of the most notable with its low 18.6 million debut). Skyfall will not disappoint with audiences having to wait more than four years for a new Bond film. Film’s buzz was helped considerably by the release of the film’s main theme song (sung by Adele) in October.
Another aspect is Skyfall’s strong critical reviews. The film currently sits at over 90 percent range on Rotten Tomatoes. That rating is close to the site’s consensus on Casino Royale (95 percent), a film easily considered to be one of the franchise’s best. Such positive buzz will lead to a very strong opening in American theaters. Adding to this is the 50 year celebration of the character since his first turn in 1962′s Dr. No.
If only fighting Harry Potter was this easy…
2/ International tally is already huge.
Film has already earned well over 300 million dollars worldwide, even before opening in American theaters. Film will easily pass the international amount made by current franchise record holder Quantum Of Solace (417 million) after its domestic opening in the states.
3/ Fits well with current genre demand.
The Hunger Games, Fast Five, The Avengers, and The Dark Knight Rises all set the box office banner high for action films recently. They also showed how audiences appreciate clearly defined protagonists and antagonists, not nuanced ones like we’ve seen in action box office disappointments In Time, Haywire, Killer Elite, and so on.
Nothing is clearly more defined than James Bond facing a specific Bond villain, something the franchise has done for countless years. This will serve the film well with both opening weekend audiences and future ones.
That joke was great. No, really….
4/ Will set record without 3-D, just like The Dark Knight.
The 3-D craze has gone down considerably. No longer does a sequel need to fully pursue the 3-D (and subsequent higher ticket prices) in hopes of setting franchise records. We’ve seen this road, particularly with action/horror sequels like the Resident Evil series and even the latest Underworld installment.
But one simply needs to look at Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and more recent The Dark Knight Rises all made considerable box office, and all of them did so without the 3-D conversion.
Much like Nolan’s Batman films, Skyfall is set to release in the IMAX format, but not in 3-D. In another interesting connection, Skyfall’s plotline was also inspired by elements in Mr. Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
The Dark Knight’s Joker and I do share the same chin.
Because of these reasons, look for Skyfall to easily become the most successful box office tally in James Bond’s history.
Thanks for dropping in,
Sensei White Lotus
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