November 9, 2008

Bond Means Business!

Like we had any doubt, but Variety tells us how the latest 007 film is doing abroad:
-James Bond is dominating the foreign box office as "Quantum of Solace" grossed $106.5 million at 9,870 playdates in 60 territories -- the 11th biggest international weekend ever.
Sony-MGM's Bondpic, which opened in the U.K., France and Sweden last weekend, has cumed $160.3 million internationally in its first 10 days.
The weekend number for "Solace" was the second largest international weekend in 2008, trailing only the $146.6 million debut of "Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." It still has four major markets to open.
"Solace" opened bigger than "Casino Royale," which cumed $429 million overseas, in all 57 new markets. And in 13 territories, the Daniel Craig vehicle more than doubled the "Casino" launch.
"Solace" also posted the top openings ever in Finland, Nigeria, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates and the second highest number in India, Kenya and Latvia. Its Chinese launch was the second largest ever for a non-Chinese pic.
"Quantum" opens Friday in North America.
Mexico will also open Friday, followed by Australia on Nov. 19, Spain on Nov. 21 and Japan on Jan. 24.
The U.K. generated the top "Solace" number, declining 40% in its second frame to $15.1 million for a 10-day cume of $50.3 million. Germany led the openers with $15 million followed by Russia and China with $9.1 million each, South Korea with $4.5 million, Italy with $4.3, Switzerland with $3.8 million, India with $3.5 million, Denmark with $2.9 million, Norway with $2.3 and Holland with $2.2 million.
The second French frame declined 46% to $5.7 million for a 10-day cume of $20.5 million.

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