LONDON - James Bond rules the box office - though he has failed to dethrone Harry Potter.
Producers say the new Bond adventure, "Skyfall," has had the second-biggest opening weekend in British movie history, taking 20.1 million pounds ($32 million) at the U.K. box office.
That is the biggest opening weekend for any of the 23 Bond films, and ranks just behind last year's final Potter movie, "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2," which took 23 million pounds in its first weekend in Britain.
This publicity file photo released by Columbia Pictures shows Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, 'Skyfall.' Agent 007 is real to millions of moviegoers, and once again they will flock to see Bond battle for queen and country when his 23rd official screen adventure, 'Skyfall,' opens fall 2012.
"Skyfall" opened this weekend in 25 global markets, taking in a total of $77.7 million between Friday and Sunday.
The film, which stars Daniel Craig as agent 007 and Javier Bardem as a villain bent on revenge, opens in the United States on Nov. 9.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.