Spielberg's Lincoln, Denzel's Flight also do well in theaters.
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If rumors are true, Idris Elba will have some big shoes to fill as the next James Bond.
Skyfall, the 23rd film in the spy franchise, grossed a whopping $90 million during its four-day opening weekend and a total of $518.6 worldwide, making it the biggest moneymaker the series has ever seen. The Sam Mendes-directed film, which also stars Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris, brings back Daniel Craig as Bond for possibly the last time. There has been much speculation about who would eventually replace him, with Idris Elba's name often floating to the top of the list.
Denzel Washington's drama Flight continued strong into its second week, bringing in $15.1 million for a third place opening and great reviews by critics and audiences. Experts predict Washington has earned a spot on the shortlist for a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as a troubled pilot embroiled in a scandal.
Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's long-awaited biopic Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis as the iconic U.S. president, opened strong in a handful of theaters. The film, which has been building buzz since late summer when a photo of Lewis in character as Abraham Lincoln bearing an uncanny resemblance to the 16th president, is expected to go wide in the coming weeks.
The plethora of Oscar contenders will face competition next week when Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters.
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