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'Quantum of Solace' Digs Gold at North American Box Office

November 17, 2008 (4:13 am) GMT
Overshadowing 'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa' stellar sales, the 22nd James Bond movie, 'Quantum of Solace', has debuted atop the weekend box office chart and become best Bond opening ever.
'Quantum of Solace' Digs Gold at North American Box Office

James Bond has had a hit on his hands with "". Opened in about 3,451 theaters across the U.S., the 22nd Bond movie installment dominates this week's box office by collecting an impressive $67.5 million over its three-day opening weekend, dethroning last week #1, "", and scoring a record debut.

Picking up where "" left off, this second 's effort as the 007 spy grosses around 73% more than the $40.8 million premiere of "Royale". It also tops the previous debut-weekend record for a Bond flick held by -starring "" which raked $47 million during its first weekend in 2002.

Apart from that, "Quantum" could likely virtually tie "" for the biggest non-Harry Potter November debut ever. On its international sales, the Marc Forster-directed action movie has earned $56.1 million in 73 countries during the weekend. Having been screened overseas starting two weeks ago, it has hauled in a foreign total of $251.6 million, making it to have a worldwide tally of around $322 million.

Falling down one slot to the runner-up position is "Escape 2 Africa". With 44.5% decrease in sales, the sequel to animated comedy "" brings in another $35 million to the total of $116.9 million. "Escape 2 Africa" is followed by Universal Pictures comedy "" with $11.2 million. Additionally, rounding up the top five are "" with $5.7 million and "", which has pulled in $4.3 million.

Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for November 14-16, 2008:

  1. "" - $67.5 million
  2. "" - $35 million
  3. "" - $11.2 million
  4. "" - $5.7 million
  5. "" - $4.3 million
  6. "" - $3.1 million
  7. "" - $2.4 million
  8. "" - $2.3 million
  9. "" - $1.8 million
  10. "" - $1.6 million


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