By McKinley Noble | 12-31-2012 | 9:00PM

Sony Pictures' Skyfall has just become the 14th movie in history to surpass the $1 billion box office mark.

Drawing on the strength of a surpremely faithful audience in the U.K. and a record-setting performance in North America, the third James Bond film to star leading man Daniel Craig is aiming to become the top-grossing film in the entire franchise.

As noted before, adjusting for inflation highlights another record surpassed from 1965's Thunderball.

Back then, the fourth James Bond film grossed $141.2 million over a budget of $9 million, cementing itself as one of the top-performing films in 1966. Adjusting for inflation, that's $1 billion against a budget of $66 million.

But at modern currency rates, Box Office Mojo cites Skyfall as the third movie to cross $1 billion this year.

Currently listed behind The Dark Knight and just ahead of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Skyfall should be on track to settle down in the No. 13 spot after Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland—not bad at all, considering the strong competition this winter.