Quantum of Solace: U.S. Box-Office Records–Opening Day

Nov 15, 2008–James Bond lured moviegoers en masse Friday as Sony-MGM’s “Quantum of Solace” set an opening day record for the 007 franchise with a huge figure, $27 million.

Given the picture’s first day success, from 3,451 engagements and its $7,824 per theater, there’s no question that “Quantum” will outperform James Bond¬ís top two weekend bows, 2002¬ís “Die Another Day” ($47.1 million) and 2006¬ís “Casino Royale” ($40.8 million).

According to Rentrak Theatrical, “Die Another Day” had the previous first day record for a Bond picture at $16.6 million with “Casino Royale” following in second with $14.7 million

Directed by Marc Forster, “Quantum of Solace” marks the first action tentpole for the director, whose name is associated with critically acclaimed award-driven films, such as 2004¬ís period fable “Finding Neverland” and 2001¬ís “Monster¬ís Ball,” for which Halle Berre won the Best Actress Oscar.

While most 007 pictures are standalone stories, “Quantum of Solace” is a sequel to “Casino Royale” The film is the second installment to headline Daniel Craig as 007 and was also produced by Bond vets Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

In the last two weeks, Quantum has grossed more than $200 million at the overseas box-office.