LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- The latest James
Bond film "Quantum Of Solace" opened this weekend at the top of box office in
North America with an estimated 70 million U.S. dollars over the three-day
period, a record for the globally popular spy series, according to preliminary
figures released Sunday.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Quantum
of Solace." The latest James Bond film "Quantum Of Solace" opened this
weekend at the top of box office in North America with an estimated 70
million U.S. dollars over the three-day period. (Photo:
The 22nd film about Agent 007 of British's MI5 secret
service, jointly produced by Sony and MGM, had the highest-grossing opening for
a James Bond movie ever in the United States and Canada, with a take that is 73
percent larger than its predecessor "Casino Royale," which opened two years ago.
Previous record-holder for best Bond opening in North
America was "Die Another Day," which opened with 47 million dollars.
The film's performance in North America extended its
dominance at the worldwide box office, as it opened overseas in advanced and had
earned more than 250 million dollars in foreign markets in last two weeks.
DreamWorks Animation's cartoon sequel "Madagascar:
Escape 2 Africa" had a minimal drop in attendance in its second week, slipping
to No. 2 with 36.1 million dollars. The animal comedy has so far grossed 118
million dollars in North America.
Cast member David Schwimmer (C), who
gives voice to Melman, poses with characters from the movie at the
premiere of "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" at the Mann Village theatre in
Westwood, California Oct. 26, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters
Universal's comedy "Role Models" was in third place
this week with an estimated 11.7 million dollars, followed by Disney's "High
School Musical 3" and Angelina Jolie-starred "Changeling" with 5.9million and
4.2 million dollars respectively.
Meanwhile, "Quantum of Solace" continued to dominate
overseas box office this weekend, with a collective take of 56.1 million dollars
in 67 markets, lifting its worldwide total to 322 million dollars.
The film also contributed to a jump in Hollywood's domestic revenues this weekend, as top-selling 12 films took in 142.9 million dollars, 54 percent bigger than the same weekend last year.