Weekend Box Office

1) Quantum of Solace $70.4 million

2) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $36 million

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3) Role Models $11.7 million

4) High School Musical 3: Senior Year $5.8 million

5) Changeling $4.2 million

6) Zack and Miri Make a Porno $3.2 million

7) Soul Men $2.4 million

8) The Secret Life of Bees $2.4 million

9) Saw V $1.7 million

10) The Haunting of Molly Hartley $1.6 million

James Bond's latest adventure Quantum of Solace dominated the weekend box office charts, debuting with a solid $70 million in first place. This is the biggest opening a Bond film has every brought in, outweighing Daniel Craig's first outing as 007 in Casino Royale by $30 million. That film made $40 million when it opened around the same time in 2006. It even beat Die Another Day, which premiered in 2002 with $47 million, the spy's best weekend until now. Quantum of Solace's three day haul placed it at number six on the James Bond franchise chart. By the time its theatrical run ends, it might be number one, a spot currently held by Casino Royale.

No other new film managed to crack the top ten this weekend. In second place was last weekend's number one stunner Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. It still managed to pull in a strong family audience, raking in another $36.1 million. Combined with last week's haul, that brings its cumulative grosses to $118 million in just two weeks of release. That certainly solidifies its place in 2008 box office history as a hit. The David Wain comedy Role Models also continued to build its audience. It took in another $11.7, proving that people still want to laugh. Its cumulative gross after two weeks now rests at $38 million.

Next weekend, Bond will face two great adversaries. The Vampires of Twilight and the combined evil forces of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus in Bolt. It certainly sounds like we are gearing up for a Thanksgiving Massacre. My money is on Bella and Edward, but Disney's CGI dog movie might just cause an upset. Lets hope that 007 can hold on!

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