'Quantum' ups o'seas cume to $309 mil

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Sony/MGM's "Quantum of Solace" extended its winning streak to four weeks as the No. 1 title on the foreign circuit, grossing $40.6 million from 10,400 screens in 72 markets during the weekend to hoist its total overseas boxoffice to $309 million.

The 22nd installment in the James Bond series opened in Australia, where it tallied $7.9 million from 476 screens, which is 44% more than the opening-frame gross of 2006's "Casino Royale," the top overseas grosser of the 007 series.

A Spain opening provided $5.1 million from 509 sites, 36% more than "Casino's" opening in the market. Openings in South Africa and Peru substantially beat "Casino's" respective debut numbers in each territory.

So far, "Quantum" has generated $71.4 million from the U.K., $32.3 million from Germany, $28.8 million from France, $18.7 million from China, $9.5 million from Korea and $8.1 million from Switzerland, making it that market's highest-grossing title this year.

Sony said that as of Thursday, "Quantum" surpassed the total foreign gross of the second-biggest overseas grosser of the Bond series, 2002's "Die Another Day," with Pierce Brosnan, which tallied $271.1 million. "Casino's" total foreign tally was $432.1 million.

The Bond series regularly generates significantly more foreign boxoffice than in North America. "Quantum" grossed $27.4 million on the weekend domestically and has a North America cume of $109.5 million.

At No. 2 overall overseas was Warner Bros.' "Body of Lies," the espionage drama with Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. It opened at No. 2 in the U.K., grossing $10 million on the weekend from 2,900 locations in 34 markets. Its cume is $32.1 million.

Finishing in third place was DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," which opened at No. 1 in the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark and collected $9 million overall from 1,233 spots in 12 markets. Its overseas cume stands at $59 million.

In fourth was Summit International's "Twilight," with Kristen Stewart as a teenager smitten with a vampire; it premiered at 1,282 screens in five markets for an estimated $8.1 million. Notable were No. 1 openings in Italy ($4.35 million from 601 sites) and Mexico ($2.65 million from 382 situations).
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