The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
Sony/MGM’s Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster and starring Daniel Craig, set a new domestic opening record for a James Bond film, grossing an estimated $70.4 million from 3,451 theaters, averaging $20,400 per location. Casino Royale opened to $40.8 million in November of 2006 and went on to earn $167.4 million. The previous record-holder for the best 007 opening was Die Another Day with $47 million.
Internationally, Quantum of Solace added another $56.1 million from 10,460 theaters in 67 markets and brought its overseas total to an impressive $251.6 million. Sony is expecting the film to become the biggest among all Bond pics in terms of foreign grosses. Casino Royale is the current record holder with $430 million internationally.
Quantum of Solace, also starring Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Jesper Christensen and Joaquin Cosio, stands at $322 million worldwide so far.
DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa earned $36.1 million in its second weekend, bringing its total to $118 million. The sequel cost about $150 million to make.
Universal Pictures’ Role Models continued to do well in third with $11.7 million. Produced for just $28 million, the Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd comedy has earned $38.1 million in two weeks.
Fourth place belonged to Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which collected $5.9 million in its fourth weekend for a total of $84.4 million.
Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie, rounded out the top five with $4.2 million. The Universal drama has earned $27.6 million in four weeks.
In limited release, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionare made an impressive $350,434 from just 10 theaters, a per location average of $35,043. It has earned a total of $418,131.
Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.