‘Quantum’ still rules overseas

Bond film racks up fifth weekend win

James Bond stayed strong at the international box office as “Quantum of Solace” racked up its fifth straight weekend victory with $20.1 million at 8,755 playdates in 73 markets.

“Solace” managed to win easily even though it took a 50% hit as rivals began going head to head with 007 — notably in Australia, where its second Australian frame slid 64% to $2.8 million to finish well behind a solid $5 million launch for Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia.” “Solace” also finished second in the U.K., off 47% in its fifth weekend to $2.4 million, while domestic winner “Four Christmases” easily topped the chart with $3.5 million.

Overall biz turned relatively moderate as the top five films — including “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” “Body of Lies,” “Twilight” and “Bolt” — combined for $55 million. “Solace,” which has kept Hollywood studios on pace to match 2007’s record of $9.5 billion in overseas grosses, posted the lowest first-place figure since “Eagle Eye” led with $11 million five weeks ago.

Outside the U.S. “Solace” has totaled $340.1 million — more than 70% of its worldwide cume of $482 million. It’s shown longer legs overseas than domestically and joins “Mamma Mia!” as the only titles to win five international weekends this year.

“Solace” also scored $2.3 million in its fourth German frame and took in $2.1 million in its second Spanish session, declining 60%. Foreign cume has hit $340.1 million, led by $75.5 million in the U.K., $35.3 million in Germany and $30.1 million in France.

The weekend’s other major contribution came from Paramount’s “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” with $12.5 million at 2,364 in two dozen markets. The toon’s Spanish opening led the way with $5.7 million, 54% higher than the original “Madagascar.”

Foreign grosses for the “Madagascar” sequel have already hit $71.5 million, with 11 launches coming next weekend, including France, Germany and the U.K. Par’s looking to tap into the same massive family audience that supported the original with $339 million outside the U.S. three years ago.

Warner Bros.’ “Body of Lies” continued to bring in generally modest numbers, leading the rest of the pack with $8.3 million at 3,447 in 54 markets. The Leonardo DiCaprio starrer has totaled $43.7 million overseas — about $5 million more than the domestic cume.

But domestic sensation “Twilight” put the bite on solid coin in its second weekend of a relatively limited foreign release with $7.6 million at 1,618 in 15 markets. Its Italian soph sesh declined 40% to $3.4 million, topping the $2.2 million launch of “Bolt” and leaving the second frame of “Body of Lies” in the dust with $1.2 million.

“Bolt” fetched a decent $6.6 million at 1,070 in three territories, led by $3.5 million in the surging Russian market. “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” has generated an eye-popping $40 million during its month in Russia.

The frame also saw Universal’s “Changeling” take in $4.4 million at 1,040 in five territories, led by a $1.9 million U.K. opening in the territory’s biggest launch of a pic directed by Clint Eastwood. “Changeling” has hit $14.1 million outside the U.S.

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