Skyfall breaks UK box office record

'Skyfall' has hauled in the biggest seven-day gross in UK box office history.

It made more in a week than the previous record holder, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', making £37.2 million in the UK alone.

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The film, the 23rd in the Bond series, opened on 587 screens across the country last Friday (October 26), while it is yet to open in the US, where it will be released on November 9.

It also hit number one in 25 countries around the world.

“We are very grateful to the Bond fans and all UK cinema audiences for making Skyfall the biggest opening week ever during our 50th anniversary year,” said producer Barbara Broccoli.

The news bolsters the likelihood of the film becoming the most successful Bond film of all time.

The Sam Mendes-directed film has been hailed by both audiences and critics, with reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 95% 'fresh' rating.

It follows news that Daniel Craig has signed up for two more films, taking him up to a total of five.