Bond breaks British box office record

Mon Nov 3, 2008 9:23am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - The new James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" enjoyed a record opening weekend in Britain, earning 15.4 million pounds ($25 million) at the box office, Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Monday.

The amount eclipses the previous record of 14.9 million held by "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" released in 2005, Sony added in a statement. It also passes the total set by the previous Bond installment, "Casino Royale," which earned 11.4 million pounds in ticket sales over its three-day weekend opening in 2006.

In Quantum of Solace, the 22nd official Bond film and Daniel Craig's second outing as the suave secret agent, 007 crosses South America and Europe on an action-packed, stunt-filled mission to discover why the woman he loved betrayed him.

Despite mixed reviews, industry experts predicted Quantum of Solace would outperform Casino Royale, itself a big success earning $594 million in global ticket sales.

Quantum opened in Britain on Friday and is released in the United States on November 14. It is distributed by Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the media wing of Japan's Sony Corp.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison)

<p>Actor Daniel Craig who plays James Bond poses during a photocall at Pinewood Studios to mark the start of production of the 22nd James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace", in Buckinghamshire, north of London January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird</p>