Die Another Day kept up the sterling work for Fox International over the weekend and broke a few more records for Fox International with a superb Australian bow that yielded $2.7m from 323 theatres. It was the biggest opening of all time for a James Bond picture in the territory, the fourth best opening ever for the distributor and the biggest December non-holiday opening in the market. These figures were no doubt inspired in part by last week's promotional tour in Sydney and Melbourne that featured stars Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Robert Wade and director Lee Tamahori. To date the 20th Bond instalment has grossed $122.7m from 31 overseas markets, which combines with the $130.7m domestic total for a $253.4m worldwide score.
Opening in Russia, Die Another Day grossed $2.6m from 159 theatres, setting the biggest industry opening of all time there. Four South American markets all yielded new Bond opening records and number one bows, too. In Mexico the picture took $1.7m from 512 sites while Colombia produced $237,528 from 58 screens. Chile grossed $102,085 from 33 sites and Ecuador opened on $65,681 from 14 screens.
Die Another Day also opened top of the table and broke a number of records in Thailand, grossing $1.2m from 250 screens. It was Fox International's biggest ever bow for the territory, the industry's fourth biggest bow and the biggest Bond opening. In its second week in South Africa, Bond held on to top spot for a cumulative score of just over $1m from 87 sites. Malaysia saw a number one hold in its second week, too, where the picture has a $886,885 running total from 79 screens. In Singapore it stayed number one for a $1.3m cumulative score from 52 theatres.
In its third week in Germany Die Another Day remained top for a $21.5m cumulative score from 958 theatres. In Belgium Bond held on to top spot and has amassed $2.2m from 80 sites. Bond held on to number one in Austria for a $2.6m running total from 90 sites. Number one holds also produced results in Sweden ($3.9m running total from 107 sites) and Finland ($1.5m running total from 51 screens).
In his fourth outing in the UK, 007 stayed at the top for a staggering $42.5m from 463 sites, while in France a fourth week at the box office contributed to a $17.3m total from 713 screens. In Spain the picture has grossed $7.7m from 330 sites.
Die Another Day is scheduled to open in Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates on Dec 18; the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Peru and Slovenia on Dec 19; and India and Uruguay on Dec 20.