Los Angeles, November 13: “Quantum of Solace,” the 22nd and latest film in the long-running James Bond franchise is predicted to top the US box office as soon as it hits theaters this Friday.
The highly anticipated 007 film is expected to knock “Madagascar 2” from the top spot at the box office and grab the number one spot on its opening weekend. Movie experts are predicting that this latest addition the James Bond series will earn even more than the highest earning Bond film of all time and its prequel, “Casino Royale.”
“Casino Royale” debuted with $40.8 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada on November last year. It had total sales of $594 million with $167 million from sales in the U.S. and Canada and $426 million from sales in international theaters.
“Quantum of Solace” was already released in London two weeks ago. Its weekend debut garnered a record-breaking ?15.4 million or $25 million. It was also already released in other international theaters and has taken in more than $160 million in 60 international locations.
The main reason movie experts see for the Bond film’s possibly huge debut in the U.S. is because of the anticipation for the movie and because most of the other big movies were already released last week.
Paul Dergarabedian from the box office watcher Media by Numbers said that "this [Quantum of Solace] is arguably the most anticipated movie of the holiday season and therefore expectations are quite high. I think we are going to see tremendous numbers."
"The fact is, there was so much moviegoing last week that it just enhances the prospects for Bond,” Dergarabedian added.
The movie has also been earning good reviews. Rottentomatoes.com, a website that puts together movie reviews has given the movie a 76% positive rating.
In “Quantum of Solace” Daniel Craig returns as Agent 007 James Bond. He goes around the world as he battles villains who want to take control of natural resources.
The highly popular James Bond movies are produced by EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer. It is distributed by Columbia Pictures, a part of Sony Pictures Entertainment.