1. Casino Royale Opens #1 In 27 Countries

    By Devin Zydel on 2006-11-19

    The box office success for Casino Royale continues according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, where the newest James Bond film was #1 in all 27 countries where it opened, with the possible exception of the US (details later in this article).

    Taking in an overall $82.8 million worldwide over the weekend, Casino Royale was the 9th biggest all time UK opening as well as the biggest ever opening in the UK for a James Bond film. It beat the previous record holder, 2002’s Die Another Day, by 46%.

    The real debate, however, lies around the US box office. CBn had previously revealed that Casino Royale would be going head to head with Warner Bros’ Happy Feet over the weekend. According to the weekend estimates, Happy Feet won the battle with $42.3 million while Casino Royale took in $40.6. million. Take note that these are both weekend estimates and many experts are calling it a ‘photo finish.’ Tomorrow will most likely provide the exact numbers for both films in the US.

    Whether or not Casino Royale won the US box office over the weekend, it has performed very impressive on the whole:

    Casino Royale – Box Office Details

    • UK Opening Day (16 Nov): £1.7 million
    • US Opening Day (17 Nov): $14.7 million
    • US Opening Weekend: $40.6 million (estimate)
    • Worldwide: $82.8 million (as of 19 Nov; contains portion of US estimate)

    Stay tuned to CBn for all the latest Casino Royale coverage.

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