Measure of 'Solace': $54.6 mil

Another weekend, another easy No. 1 finish

James Bond stood out dramatically again during the weekend as Sony/MGM's "Quantum of Solace" pulled in $54.6 million from 10,465 screens in 67 overseas markets to lift its international gross to $250 million.

The performance of the 22nd installment of the 007 saga overwhelmingly dominated the foreign market for the third week in a row. The Daniel Craig starrer, which opened to a remarkable $107.1 million three sessions ago, saw domestic take off with a blast of $70.4 million to bring its worldwide cume to $320.4 million.

Disney's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" was a distant second to "Solace," racking up $8.5 million from 4,500 screens in 31 countries for a solid cume of $122.9 million. Paramount/ DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" came in third with $6.4 million, followed by Lionsgate's "Saw V" ($5.4 million) and Universal's first offshore opening of Clint Eastwood's "Changeling," which pulled in $4.5 million.

In new openings, "Solace" grossed $2.5 million from 505 screens in Mexico and $430,000 from 34 screens in Hungary -- both up big from previous Bond entry "Casino Royale."

Among key holdovers, "Solace" remained No. 1 in the U.K., dropping 41% in its third weekend to $8.6 million from 1,218 screens for a market cume of $64.1 million. Germany, holding at No. 1 for a second weekend, dropped 37% to $8.3 million for a market cume of $26.4 million. In second-week action, China fell 41% (cume: $16.3 million); Russia dropped 62% (cume: $15.4 million); Korea was off 39% (cume: $7.8 million); Italy was down 55% (cume: $6.9 million); India dropped 65% (cume: $6.9 million; and Brazil was down 36% (cume: $4.3 million).

Without any serious competition in sight, "Solace" is in position to dominate the overseas market for a fourth week.

"HSM3" held on to third place in the U.K. in its fourth weekend, with a take of $1.4 million from 483 screens raising its market cume to $34.1 million. Four weeks in Germany has delivered $4.3 million; four in France, $13.3 million; and three in Italy, $11.3 million. Australia comes aboard Dec. 4 for the holiday season.

"Madagascar 2," still warming up nicely in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, tallied $6.4 million from 990 screens in only seven markets to lift its early cume to an encouraging $48.5 million. The animated hit comes out in full force in late November and early December.

"Saw V," bolstered by a record $2.7 million opening for the franchise in Spain ($2.7 million from 298 screens), raised its cume to $31.8 million following a $5.4 million weekend from about 2,000 screens in 34 countries.

"Changeling" took off in four markets, with the Angelina Jolie starrer pushing "Solace" out of first place in France with $2.6 million from 700 screens. The $4.5 million weekend debut saw Italy contribute $1.5 million from 262 dates; Belgium earn $262,000 from 33; and Switzerland take in $140,000 from 17 screens.

Summit Entertainment's "P.S. I Love You" has hit the top box-office ranks with a cume of $103.7 million. The romantic comedy is still among the Japanese top five and has reached a cume of $9.4 million in the territory.

More weekend action: "Max Payne," $3.6 million (cume: $30.6 million); "Body of Lies," $3.1 million (cume: $21.6 million); "Nights in Rodanthe," $2.1 million (cume: $28.3 million); "Burn After Reading," $1.5 million (cume: $30.2 million); and "Mamma Mia!" $1.3 million (cume: $420.8 million).
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