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Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:25 am
by sharmaine
The Province - November 17th, 2008

Bond rises to the occasion, surpasses expectations
Published: Monday, November 17, 2008
The latest James Bond thriller dominated the box office in much of the world during the weekend, boosted by a record opening in North America, distributor Columbia Pictures said.

Quantum of Solace sold $70.4 million US worth of tickets in its first three days of release across the U.S. and Canada. Industry pundits had forecast an opening in the $60 million range.

The record for a Bond opening was held by Die Another Day, which earned $47.1 million during its first weekend in November 2002.

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Font:****Quantum of Solace and its 2006 predecessor, Casino Royale, which opened to $40.8 million, starred Daniel Craig. The laconic English actor has invested the famed agent with a darker, more complicated personality.

The new film also earned $56.1 million in 73 countries during the weekend. Having begun its international run two weeks ago, the foreign total now stands at $251.6 million. With a worldwide haul of $322 million, the film is fast approaching the $594 million tally of Casino Royale.

The $200 million film was directed by Swiss-German filmmaker Marc Forster, who made his name with smaller pieces such as the Oscar-winning domestic-abuse saga Monster's Ball and the James Barrie melodrama Neverland.

While critics have approved of Bond's less-campy demeanor, they were less than enthused about the plot of the new film. Bond travels the world battling a villain (Mathieu Amalric) looking to control natural resources. Along the way, the vengeful hero earns the enmity of the British and U.S. spy agencies.

Top 10 movies

1 Quantum of Solace,

$70.4 million US

2 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, $36.1 million

3 Role Models,

$11.7 million

4 High School Musical 3: Senior Year,

$5.9 million

5 Changeling,

$4.2 million

6 Zack and Miri Make a Porno, $3.2 million

7 (tie) Soul Men,

$2.4 million

7 (tie) The Secret Life of Bees,

$2.4 million

9 Saw V, $1.8 million

10 The Haunting of Molly Hartley,

$1.6 million

Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:17 pm
by sharmaine
Sorry if this is a repeat - mag scan - Time Magazine - Canadian Edition - Nov. 24, 2008: