Monday, November 17, 2008

Take Solace, Bond—You're Bigger Than Ever

If the Daniel Craig James Bond weren't so grim, he'd be fist-bumping M.

Quantum of Solace, the latest all-business Bond, put up a record debut for a 007 movie: $70.4 million, per estimates today.

Optimistic projections for Quantum, the 22nd Bond adventure, had the movie opening at $50-60 million. By hitting $70 million, the movie blew away the franchise's previous best opener—2002's Die Another Day, the final Pierce Brosnan Bond—and showed Jason Bourne who's box office king of the spy genre, at least this weekend. (The biggest Bourne opener, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, debuted with $69.3 million.)

Quantum got out of the gate with a $27 million Friday that bested the opening days of summer hits such as Sex and the City and WALL-E. The haul helped bring the movie's worldwide gross to about $322 million by the end of the weekend.

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