November 17, 2008 04:13:20 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.
James Bond has had a hit on his hands with "Quantum of Solace". 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, "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa", and scoring a record debut.
Picking up where "Casino Royale" left off, this second Daniel Craig'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 Pierce Brosnan-starring "Die Another Day" which raked $47 million during its first weekend in 2002.
Apart from that, "Quantum" could likely virtually tie "The Incredibles" 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 "Madagascar" brings in another $35 million to the total of $116.9 million. "Escape 2 Africa" is followed by Universal Pictures comedy "Role Models" with $11.2 million. Additionally, rounding up the top five are "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" with $5.7 million and "Changeling", which has pulled in $4.3 million.
Top Ten Movies at Weekend Box Office for November 14-16, 2008: