'Quantum of Solace': James Bond blasts to No. 1 at the box office
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The film beats expectations, earning $70.4 million. 'Madagascar' and 'Role Models' hold their own too on an all-around good weekend for movies.As countless villains have learned, there is just no stopping James Bond -- especially when he's mad.
"Quantum of Solace," a tale of the secret agent's quest to avenge the death of the woman he loved, blasted out $70.4 million in ticket sales this weekend. It was the biggest opening for a Bond film ever and surpassed the high expectations set for the film.
Though Bond was clearly the irresistible force at ticket booths, it was a great all-around weekend for Hollywood as two very different comedies, the animated "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," and raunchy "Role Models" slipped little from the previous week.
For all releases, the three-day sum is expected to total almost $143 million, according to box-office tracker Media by Numbers. That's up 54% from the same weekend last year and on pace with last week.
"People are finding solace at the movies literally and figuratively," said Paul Dergarabedian, Media by Numbers president. "We are in store for a very nice run here at the box office."
Rounding out the top 12 in order were "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," "Changeling," "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," "Soul Men," "The Secret Life of Bees," "Saw V," "The Haunting of Mary Hartley," "Eagle Eye" and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua."
Vincent is a Times staff writer.