By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures, Variety
Quantum of Solace
Though Columbia Pictures had both mixed reviews and a downward spiraling economy to worry about, that didn't stop Quantum of Solace from not only taking the top spot at the box office during its opening bow, but the film has also quickly become the best Bond opening ever.
Box Office Report: Quantum of Solace
Office. Box Office. The latest installment in the half-century old James Bond franchise, Quantum of Solace absolutely killed it at the box office this weekend with an impressive $70.4 million. The strong numbers helped Solace easily crush the previous Bond record-holder, Die Another Day, which opened to $47.1 million.
Though Casino Royale saw better reviews, its sequel opened 74% higher. Further proof that moviegoers don't really care what critics thinks.
Also boosting the weekend BO was Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Only declining 43% in its second bow, the DreamWorks animation scored another $36.1 million. Following the #2 spot was Universal's R-rated comedy Role Models, which continues to surprise by declining a miniscule 39% to hold the #3 spot with $11.7 million.
Besides pulling in the domestic crowd, Quantum of Solace continues to do very well worldwide as well. Including this weekend, the film has already earned an estimated $251.6 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $322 million.
"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."
Thanks most in part to the top three films, this weekend's box office was up 50% over the same frame last year. So far, Hollywood has remained economy proof.