Another $56 mil o'seas for Bond


Agent 007 left his mark on the foreign boxoffice 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. That too is a record market opening for a 007 title, Sony said.

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 debut domestically — is $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.

Still, "Solace," after three frames, already has 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.

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 worldwide tally to $206.6 million.