James Bond made a quantum leap in the Philippine box office as the latest 007 adventure Quantum of Solace opened at No. 1 nationwide. The film had a staggering five-day opening weekend gross of P53.1 million in 255 screens from November 5 to 9. This was announced yesterday, November 10, by Victor Cabrera, managing director of Columbia Pictures which distributed the film.
Quantum’s opening surpassed the debut of 2006’s Casino Royale, the first Bond film to star Daniel Craig by a menacing 58 percent. It also smashed the record of July’s Hancock as the year’s best opening for a Columbia Pictures title.
In an unprecedented rollout, the new Bond action-thriller arrived in the Philippines a full nine days prior to its November 14 debut in the U.S. Local moviegoers took advantage of this rare opportunity, filling theaters to capacity crowds.
The Top 20 cinemas that posted the biggest receipts are Trinoma (P3.18 million), SM Mall of Asia (P2.54 million), Power Plant (P2.17 million), Greenbelt III (P2.12 million), SM Megamall (P2.11 million), SM North EDSA (P2.10 million), Glorietta 4 (P1.77 million), Gateway (P1.67 million), Alabang Town Center (PP1.61 million) and Shangri-la (P1.597 million).
Rounding up the list are Greenhills (P1.44 million, Robinson’s Galleria (P1.41 million), SM Cebu (P1.36 million), Robinson’s Ermita (P1.34 million), Ayala Cebu (P1.33 million), Eastwood (P1.14 million), Festival Mall (P1.05 million), SM Manila (P799,931), SM Clark (P721,018) and SM Davao (P718,002).
Starring Daniel Craig as the legendary secret agent, James Bond, Quantum of Solace is directed by Marc Foster and also stars Judi Dench and Olga Kurylenko. The film picks up the storyline just one hour after the end of Casino Royale, making it the first direct sequel in the franchise.
Fueled by the betrayal of Vesper, the woman he loved (in Casino Royale), Bond’s determination to track down the mastermind behind Quantum, sinister organization leads to Haiti, where he finds an unlikely ally in Camille (Kurylenko), a beautiful but feisty stranger. As Bond gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M (Dench).
Still playing across the Philippines, Quantum of Solace is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures International.
Philippine Entertainment Portal