It would appear that the 22nd installment of the James Bond franchise is having absolutely no trouble finding an audience this weekend, with many calculations pointing to Quantum of Solace being the biggest Bond opening in history. As Box Office Mojo reports, Quantum has brought in an estimated $70.4 million, making it the largest Bond opening by almost $25 million dollars. The previous mark was held by 2002′s Die Another Day, which brought in $47 million on its opening weekend. The film will now set its sights on the $167 million total mark held by 2006′s Casino Royale, the highest grossing Bond film (domestically) of all-time.
Quantum has also found success with both critics and fans, receiving a 66% Fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. Out of 182 reviews aggregated by RT, 121 have been positive. Similar results were seen over at IMDB, where over 19,000 user ratings have averaged out to a 7.2 out of 10 as of Sunday morning. While these numbers look great initially, it is important to mention that Casino Royale (2006) currently sits at 94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.0/10 on IMDB. But lower marks don’t appear to be a hindrance as Quantum aims to break Casino Royale’s hold on the highest domestic gross mark. With limited competition in the next few weeks — at least with the male 18-30 demographic who will not be very interested in Twilight or Bolt — Quantum should make a solid run and end up in the $200-$250 range.
But those are just my own rough predictions. Check back later this evening for a full box office analysis from John Cairns on The Reject Report. Did you see Quantum of Solace this past weekend? If so, please head over to our Quantum of Solace discussion thread and let us know what you thought.