'Quantum' continues overseas streak

Bond sequel was No. 1 in 61 of the 67 markets it played

Agent 007 left the foreign boxoffice shaken and stirred as Sony/MGM's "Quantum of Solace" grossed a commanding $56.1 million from 10,460 screens in 67 markets, making the 22nd James Bond installment No. 1 overseas for a third consecutive weekend.

A Mexico debut contributed $2.4 million from 505 screens, which, according to Sony, is a record opening gross for a Bond title in that market. In Hungary, "Solace" grabbed $430,000 from 34 sites for a lusty per-screen average of $12,647. Per Sony, that, too, is a record market opening for a 007 title.

Weekend overseas action, while down nearly 50% from the previous frame, nonetheless provided "Solace" with the No. 1 spot in 61 of the 67 markets it played. The film's foreign gross stands at $251.6 million, and its worldwide tally -- including "Solace's "$70.4 million, No. 1 debut domestically -- stands at $322 million.

By comparison, "Casino Royale," the 2006 series predecessor to "Solace," grossed $599.1 million globally, with the bulk of that total ($432.1 million) coming from overseas markets. With a much weaker dollar two years ago, "Casino" enjoyed a currency backwind that "Solace" lacks.

Despite its currency headwind, "Solace," after three frames overseas, already has passed surpassed "Casino's" market-gross totals in France, China, Korea, Russia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Indonesia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. Openings this week are set for Australia, Spain, South Africa and Peru. "Solace's" overseas run of openings concludes with a Jan. 24 debut in Japan.

The biggest holdover market for "Solace" remained the U.K., where the film grossed $8.6 million (down 41% from the previous weekend) from 1,218 screens for a market cume of $64.1 million. Its second-biggest holdover took place in Germany, which provided $8.3 million (down 37% from the previous frame) from 1,120 sites for a market cume of 26.4 million.

Director Clint Eastwood's period drama "Changeling," Universal's awards-season candidate starring Angelina Jolie, enjoyed a strong debut in France, grossing $2.7 million from 415 sites and ranking No. 1 in the market, ahead of "Solace" in its third weekend.

"Changeling" also played French-speaking Switzerland, Belgium and Italy for a combined $4.7 million on the weekend from 727 screens, ranking No. 5 overall at the foreign boxoffice.

Finishing No. 2 was Disney's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," which drew $7.7 million from 4,004 screens in 32 markets, raising its overseas cume to $122.4 million and its worldwide tally to $206.6 million. "HSM3's" opening in Turkey produced $275,000 from 65 spots, which Disney called the biggest opening gross for any musical title to play the territory.

DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" placed No. 3 overseas with $5.4 million from 992 screens in seven markets, raising its overseas cume to $47.5 million and its global total to $165.5 million. The animation sequel opened at No. 1 in Malaysia and Singapore.

Mandate International's "Saw V" opened gangbusters in Spain, grabbing the No. 1 spot with $2.9 million from 300 screens and besting the combined market total of the Nos. 2-5 titles. The grisly horror sequel placed No. 4 overseas with a $5.2 million tally from 2,000 screens in 34 markets, raising its overseas cume to $31 million.

20th Century Fox's action vehicle "Max Payne" opened at No. 3 in the U.K. ($1.6 million from 373 spots) and placed fourth in Paris and its suburbs, the signature of a solid France opening of $1.6 million from 377 locations. The film's overseas weekend tally was $3.7 million from 1,500 screens in 39 markets, for an international cume of $30.5 million.

Warner Bros.' "Body of Lies," starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio, placed fifth in Paris and its suburbs during its second France weekend, grossing $1.4 million from 428 screens in the overall France market. Its overseas weekend tally was $3.1 million from 1,025 locations in 13 territories, for an overseas cume of $21.6 million.

The Coen brothers' spy comedy "Burn After Reading" pushed its international gross to $66.5 million thanks to a $2.5 million weekend from 1,400 screens in 21 territories, per Universal. Warners' "Nights in Rodanthe" lifted its overseas cume to $28.3 million thanks to a $2.1 million weekend from 1,440 situations in 41 markets.

Disney opened Yari Film Group's "The Accidental Husband" in Germany and Austria after arranging a promotional swing through Germany for Uma Thurman, co-star of the romantic comedy directed by Griffin Dunne. The film's Germany-and-Austria tally came in at $1.3 million from 400 screens.

The top local-language title in France, ranking No. 3 in Paris and its suburbs, was SND Groupe M6's release of "Vilaine" (Ugly Melanie), written and directed by Allan Mauduit and Jean-Patrick Benes. The comedy, about a good-natured girl who turns on her tormentors, laughed all the way to $1.8 million from 300 screens. The crime drama "Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One," starring Vincent Cassel, drew $1.5 million from 400 screens for a France cume to date of $14.3 million.

Other international cumes include: Pixar/Disney's "WALL-E," $263.4 million; Universal's "Mamma Mia!," $420.5 million; Fox's "Mirrors," $36.4 million; Paramount's "Ghost Town," $9 million; Miramax/Disney's "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas," $21.3 million; DreamWorks/Par's "Tropic Thunder," $73.8 million; Fox's "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," $46 million; and DreamWorks/Par's "Eagle Eye," $72.1 million.
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