Quantum of Solace blew away foreign box office rivals as the 22nd James Bond installment earned $106.5 million at 9,870 theaters in 60 territories -- the 11th biggest international weekend ever.
Underlining Bond's global popularity, Sony-MGM's Bond pic averaged a an impressive $10,790 per location. It has reached an eye-popping $160.3 million internationally in its first 10 days even though it still hasn't opened in Australia, Japan, Mexico and Spain.
"Solace," which launched last weekend in the U.K., France and Sweden, took in more than triple the combined foreign take for the next four entries -- High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Body of Lies and Saw V.
"Solace" pulled in the second largest international weekend in 2008, trailing only the $146.6 million debut of Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It topped the bows of Casino Royale -- top foreign grosser among Bond films at $429 million -- in each of its 57 new markets, with the openings in 13 of those markets more than doubling the "Casino" launches.
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