'Madagascar' ends o'seas run of Bond


A batch of Central Park zoo animals returning to their jungle habitat ended James Bond's five-week domination of the international boxoffice.

Paramount/DreamWorks' "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," which began a record-busting rollout in late October in Eastern Europe, hit the jackpot during the weekend, roaring to an estimated $52.2 million from 5,129 locations in 35 territories. The film's foreign gross soared to $125 million, thanks to openings in key European markets plus strong holdovers.

And it's still early in the film's run, according to distributor Paramount Pictures International.

"'Madagascar 2' continued its record-breaking run this weekend with outstanding performances around the world," PPI president Andrew Cripps said. "With holidays to come, it is shaping up to be one of the strongest films of this year."

In the U.K., the zoo brigade charged in at No. 1 to $9.5 million from 517 screens. The animated entry also was No. 1 in Germany ($11 million from 820 screens), France ($9.8 million from 779), Mexico ($4.2 million from 438), Belgium ($1.6 million from 115), Argentina ($1.2 million from 102) and Austria ($1.1 million from 101), with Peru ($1.1 million from 101) completing the over-$1 million scorers.

A solid $10.8 million from 6,350 screens in 72 markets greeted "Quantum of Solace" as it slid to second place during its seventh week of international release. The film's sole new opening saw Venezuela bring in $415,000 from 75 screens, hailed by Sony as 98% bigger than the comparable bow for 2006's "Casino Royale." "Quantum's" international cume stands at $357.8 million.