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Bond breaks cinema record

The new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, drew a record 300,000 cinemagoers in its first four days, raking in about SFr4.47 million ($3.8 million).

The film, directed by Switzerland's Mark Forster, was launched on November 6 in nearly one of every three cinemas in the country.

With its successful start, Quantum of Solace surpassed the animated feature, Ice Age 2, which drew 288,000 people during its first weekend in 2006.

Third on the list is the prequel to the latest Bond film, Casino Royale, which counted 260,000 cinemagoers.

Quantum of Solace also did well in other countries, according to Variety magazine. It earned $106.5 million at cinemas outside the United States - the 11th biggest international weekend ever.

In comparison, more people in Switzerland saw Quantum of Solace in a single day than the most successful Swiss film currently playing in the cinemas in its first three months.

Forty-three thousand paid to watch the documentary about a mountain farming family, Bergauf, Bergab (Up and Down the Mountain).


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