After a stunning opening weekend performance, No Time To Die has broken box office records both at home in the UK and abroad.
Boasting an £87.7million ($119.1m) international opening in 54 countries, as reported by Variety, this makes the latest James Bond outing – and Daniel Craig’s last as the spy – an overseas pandemic-era record-holder, and that’s without a release in China or the US, which is set for October 8.
It’s also the first film to cross the $100m (£73.7m) threshold without the boost of a Chinese release, although the film was screened in Hong Kong.
After 18 months of delays due to Covid-19, it appears Bond is reigniting the box office just as the industry hoped.
The 007 flick topped the box office in the UK and Ireland, with a £25.9m opening, from which it raked in £21m from Friday to Sunday.
This makes it, domestically speaking, the highest-grossing film of 2021, and since the pandemic began, after only four days in cinemas.
It also surpassed the opening three-day figures of the last two James Bond films, 2015’s Spectre and 2012’s Skyfall.
According to Screen International, Skyfall managed £20.18m while Spectre pulled in £19.98m, but those two films remain the second and third-highest grossing films of all time at the UK box office, which bodes well for No Time To Die’s continued strong performance.
No Time To Die also received distributor Universal’s widest-ever release in the UK, opening in a record-breaking 772 cinemas, which is 25 more than previous title holder Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker in 2019.
It’s reported that more than 30,000 people bought tickets for midnight screenings of the film on Wednesday 29 September, with 1.6m tickets sold overall in the UK and Ireland during the first four days of the film’s release.
While debate rages over who should be the next Bond, with Q star Ben Whishaw supporting a gay actor, and Sir Keir Starmer a woman, producer Barbara Broccoli has remained firm in her stance that Bond should be played by a man.
Meanwhile Daniel Craig, who is set to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has joked that he will be ‘incredibly bitter’ over whoever picks up his licence to kill and replaces him as Bond.
Credit: Original article published here.