‘Quantum Of Solace’ Draws Biggest Box-Office Opening In Bond History

Daniel Craig's second 007 outing beats out 'Die Another Day' record; 'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa' finishes strong second.

The Box-Office Top Five
#1 “Quantum of Solace” ($70.4 million)
#2 “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” ($36.1 million)
#3 “Role Models” ($11.7 million)
#4 “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” ($5.88 million)
#5 “Changeling” ($4.25 million)

The most ridiculously titled Bond film in history is now also the biggest. “Quantum of Solace” plowed through the competition with a $70.4 million opening, 50 percent bigger than the series’ previous best (“Die Another Day”) and 75 percent bigger than Daniel Craig‘s first foray into the franchise, “Casino Royale.” The Marc Forster-directed installment has already shaken (not stirred) a staggering $322 million worldwide. With these results, Bond fans everywhere are no doubt enjoying an allocation of assuagement, or a measure of condolence, if you will.

Falling a lean 42.7 percent from last weekend, “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” made $36.1 million over the weekend to finish in second place. With $118 million after two weeks, the Ben Stiller-starring sequel is on pace to become the biggest non-”Shrek” animated feature in Dreamworks history.

Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott continued hilariously saving America one child at a time, as “Role Models” fell just 38.9 percent to come in third place with $11.7 million. The comedy brought its two-week total to a robust $38.1 million.

“High School Musical 3: Senior Year” made $5.9 million, while “Changeling” brought in $4.3 million to round out the top five. Their totals stand at $84.4 million and $27.6 million, respectively.

Among other new releases, Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” made $350,000 from just 10 theaters, by far the highest per-theater average of any film in release.

Upcoming Releases

Miley Cyrus and John Travolta lend their voice talents to Disney’s “Bolt,” the animated story of a Hollywood dog who believes he has superpowers. Given Cyrus’ involvement, which is frankly tantamount to planting a money tree, all eyes will be on the race for #1 between “Bolt” and a little movie called “Twilight.” Is it the next “Harry Potter” or the next “Golden Compass”? After full year of “Twilight” Tuesdays, we’ll finally have our answer.

Check out everything we’ve got on “Quantum of Solace,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

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