Bond bash overseas
$106.5 mil for 'Quantum' in second frameIt was all Bond on the international circuit as "Quantum of Solace" played 9,870 screens in 60 markets for a blazing $106.5 million, by far the No. 1 foreign boxoffice champ for the second consecutive weekend.
The saturation release of the 22nd James Bond installment obliterated its offshore competition, rolling up an action-packed $10,790 per-screen average.
"Quantum" finished No. 1 in every market it played.
The weekend tally defied distributor expectations. "I thought we were headed toward $80 million, but clearly I was wrong," said Mark Zucker, Sony's president of international distribution. "Saturday (business) was just beyond anything, just gangbusters everywhere."
Overall, the weekend action overseas was the 11th-biggest ever, said Zucker, and the second-biggest international opening frame of 2008 after the $146.5 million registered by Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." (The industry record for a foreign opening-weekend gross is $231 million, tallied last year by Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.")
Among its records, "Quantum" was the biggest-grossing weekend opener ever in Switzerland ($3.8 million), Finland ($1.7 million) and the United Arab Emirates ($1 million). In addition, it was the second biggest non-Chinese opening in China ($9.1 million) and the second biggest non-Indian title bow in India ($3.5 million).
With five days left before its domestic opening Friday, the Sony/MGM release already has accumulated $160.3 million overseas.