Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Quantum Of Solace worldwide box office sprint

Despite that disturbing 44% drop from Saturday to Sunday, which caused the final weekend number of Quantum Of Solace to plunge from $71 million to $67 million (and portends long term trouble for the domestic prospects), the worldwide totals are scorching. After about two weeks in worldwide circulation, and five days in the US, the current 007 film has already amassed a worldwide total of $325 million. That's already #12 worldwide for the 2008 year. Oh, and in twelve days, it's shattered the worldwide totals of The Bourne Identity ($214 million) and The Bourne Supremacy ($289 million), and the $443 million worldwide total for The Bourne Ultimatum is within striking distance by the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Let's examine the worldwide totals of the most recent Bond films (GoldenEye to Casino Royale), which are all the highest grossing in the series incidentally -

#1 - Casino Royale - $595 million ($168 million domestic)
#2 - Die Another Day - $432 million ($161 million domestic)
#3 - World Is Not Enough - $362 million ($127 million domestic)
#4 - GoldenEye - $352 million ($107 million domestic)
#5 - Tomorrow Never Dies - $334 million ($126 million domestic)

So, as you can see, by the beginning of said Thanksgiving holiday, Quantum Of Solace will be the second highest grossing 007 film of all time. How quickly it will pass Casino Royale is open to debate, but it should easily happen well before Christmas. It's also likely to end up #2 worldwide for 2008, probably surpassing the $786 million of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Nice work, Mr. Bond.

Scott Mendelson

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