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Quantum of Solace Rules at the Box Office
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Quantum of Solace Rules at the Box Office

“Quantum of Solace” acheived the best opening weekend ever for a James Bond film in North America, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film took in an estimated $70.4 million in domestic grosses over the weekend, which  exceeded even the most optimistic prerelease projections.

The family comedy “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” from DreamWorks Animation and Paramount, registered $36.1 million to land in second place over the weekend.

Overall, the weekend’s $154 million in collective boxoffice across the industry marked a 48% improvement over the same weekend last year, according to Nielsen EDI.

Below are Box Office totals for the weekend of November 14-16, 2008, from Nielsen EDI.

RANK FILM STUDIO WEEKEND GROSS(MILLIONS)
1 Quantum of Solace SONY PICTURES $67,528,882 $67.5
2 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa PARAMOUNT $35,017,301 $116.9
3 Role Models UNIVERSAL $11,150,030 $37.6
4 High School Musical 3: Senior Year WALT DISNEY STUDIOS $5,656,162 $84.2
5 Changeling UNIVERSAL $4,254,080 $27.6
6 Zack and Miri THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY $3,146,312 $26.5
7 Soul Men MGM STUDIOS $2,350,141 $59.4
8 The Secret Life of Bees FOX SEARCHLIGHT $2,338,279 $33.6
9 Saw V LIONSGATE $1,767,405 $55.4
10 Beverly Hills Chihuahua WALT DISNEY STUDIOS $1,579,080 $90.9
Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Nielsen EDI