1. 'Quantum of Solace' Expected To Become Biggest Bond Ever

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-11-16

    Industry experts are predicting that the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace will surpass the US domestic and international box office records set by Casino Royale to become the biggest Bond film ever.

    This news will likely come as little surprise now considering that Craig’s second 007 film has shattered records in basically every single market it has opened in.

    Thanks to an extremely strong US debut this weekend totaling $70.4 million plus an additional $56.1 million from around the world, the grand total for Quantum of Solace stands currently at $322 million.

    In comparison, Casino Royale was the biggest box office hit for 007 at the time of its release two years ago, playing in theatres for 25 weeks. It’s cumulative US total was $167.5 million with an international gross of $426.7 million (grand total of $594.2 million).

    Quantum of Solace continues to surpass not just records, but expectations as well. It’s opening day and weekend grosses in the UK and US well eclipsed what Royale did two years ago.

    In the Bond film’s first weekend of major international expansion, Quantum also managed to perform better than Royale in every single one of the 58 markets it opened in (and all of those put the film at the #1 spot, with the exception of Turkey).

    As of today, Quantum has grossed more in 13 countries (France, China, Korea, Russia, Bolivia, Bulgaria and others) in two to three weeks of release than what Royale did in its entire run.

    ‘I think Daniel Craig works in a big way,’ Sony prexy of domestic distribution Rory Bruer said. ‘There’s no doubt about it, Solace hit it out of the park.’

    Quantum of Solace will continue to expand internationally this upcoming week, with openings taking place in Australia, Spain, South Africa and Peru.

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