Overseas, where Halloween attracts few celebrants -- a possible exception is the U.K. -- the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace took a quantum leap over its rivals, earning $38.6 million in just three countries, the U.K., France and Sweden. The U.K., where most of the Bond film was produced, accounted for two-thirds of that total -- $25.3 million, a record for a three-day weekend. Playing on 1,150 screens, the movie averaged a whopping $22,000 per screen. The movie is scheduled to expand to a total of about 60 countries next weekend, before arriving in the U.S. in two weeks. Meanwhile, Mamma Mia! continued to show its sturdy legs,as it added $3.4 million to its total, making it the third-biggest earner of the year, after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Dark Knight.

03/11/2008