Here we go again…
Weekend box office numbers for Quantum of Solace have come in and the totals are sure to make Sony Pictures and MGM very happy.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 22nd James Bond film, which opened in the UK, France and Sweden, grossed a spectacular $38.6 million from 2,123 screens, easily grabbing the #1 spot at the box office.
More record-breaking for the film was in store for the UK following the news that Quantum‘s Friday debut of £4.94 million ($8 million) was the best ever. Playing on 1,150 screens, the 007 film earned £15.7 million ($25.3 million) over the weekend, becoming the biggest three-day opening ever in the UK.
Surpassing Casino Royale‘s equally impressive box office debut by 35%, the film had an incredibly strong per-screen average of $22,000.
The good news continued to the French and Swedish markets, where Quantum of Solace smashed the series’ record in the former with a $10.6 million total from 824 sites (per-screen average was $12,864). In Sweden, the the film shattered Royale‘s record by 31%, taking in $2.7 million from 149 sites (average of $18,121 per screen).
‘No other international release in 2008 has grossed more [playing in] fewer than 27 territories,’ said Mark Zucker, Sony’s president of international distribution.
The $38.6 million weekend debut for Daniel Craig’s second Bond film also pushed Sony’s international box office for 2008 past the $1 billion mark.
This upcoming weekend will see the film expand to 57 new markets and then debut in the United States the following weekend.
CommanderBond.net will be tracking all the box office numbers as Quantum continues to debut around the world in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned.
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