It’s official Bond is here to STAY, after what seemed like an endless string of set backs (studio MGM going bankrupt, the films production being cancelled) among a host of other things. The 23rd entry into the Bond franchise Skyfall was completed, and released to great applause. Fans & critics were in unison singing the praises of the latest Bond adventure, and since its release it has gone on to shatter every record in the franchise 50-year history. Sony and MGM have plenty to celebrate this year as Skyfall becomes the third film this year that crosses the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales threshold.

Skyfall, which was produced by MGM, EON Productions, and Sony for $200 million, has earned $289.6 million in North America alone (including $4.6 million this weekend), clobbering the domestic record set by Quantum of Solace, which earned $168.4 million in 2008.

Internationally, Skyfall has been even more impressive. The film has amassed a jaw-dropping $710.6 million global haul, and it hasn’t even been released in China yet. (That’s slated for early 2013.) Not surprisingly, the film’s strongest market has been the U.K., where it has quickly become the highest-grossing film of all time and the first film to ever pass £100 million.