No Time To Die scores record £87.7m international opening weekend

No Time To Die scores record £87.7m international opening weekend… with Daniel Craig’s final 007 stint pulling a huge £10.4m in UK and Ireland alone

  • The film is Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 after 15 years in the role
  • The latest James Bond film No Time To Die scored an overseas record amid the pandemic with a £87.7million ($119.1 million) international opening in 54 markets
  • Unsurprisingly, the biggest pull came in the UK and Ireland, with a reach of £10.4m ($14.2million) total – adding to Friday’s £5.6million ($7.6 million) 
  • The opening is the biggest for a film opening in UK cinemas since the Covid pandemic began in March 2020, and the biggest since December 2019 
  • Sales are 13% higher than 2015’s Spectre but 26% lower than 2012’s Skyfall
  • It is hoped the movie will bring cinema outings back to pre-pandemic levels 

The latest James Bond film No Time To Die scored an overseas record amid the pandemic with a £87.7million ($119.1 million) international opening in 54 markets. 

Unsurprisingly, the biggest pull came in the UK and Ireland, with a reach of £10.4m ($14.2million) total – adding to Friday’s £5.6million ($7.6 million). 

The debut marks the third-highest Friday gross in October, as well as the third-highest Friday gross in the James Bond franchise. The film is also the widest release in U.K. box office history, playing in 772 theaters across 3,600 screens. 

Success: The latest James Bond film No Time To Die scored an overseas record amid the pandemic with a £87.7million ($119.1 million) international opening in 54 markets

Daniel Craig’s final stint as 007 won’t be released in the US until October 8, so it’s likely to get another big boost then. 

Even more impressive is that No Time To Die became the first film released during the global health crisis to cross the £73.7million ($100 million) mark without a mainland China release, which usually pads out box office figures, though the film was still released in Hong Kong.

The film’s opening weekend figures are expected to be the third-highest for a Bond film and the sixth-highest of any movie.

Many fans flocked to see No Time To Die on extra-large IMAX screens, breaking records for the special format, and it also earned the best opening-weekend in 24 different countries.

No Time To Die: Unsurprisingly, the biggest pull came in the UK and Ireland, with a reach of £10.4m ($14.2million) total – adding to Friday’s £5.6million ($7.6 million) (Daniel Craig pictured at last week’s world premiere in London) 

It comes after No Time To Die’s first day ticket sales were 13% higher than 2015’s Spectre but 26% lower than 2012’s Skyfall.

However, producers have described the film as the UK’s ‘widest theatrical release of all time’, with the figures being a pandemic-era best.

This year’s film opened in a record-breaking 772 cinemas in the UK and Ireland on Thursday, 25 more than the previous record holder, 2019’s Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, making it Universal’s widest ever release in the UK territory.

On the up: The figures put it on track to make £66m worldwide by the end of the weekend, with Spectre previously banking £91m and Skyfall making £80m

More than 30,000 people bought tickets for midnight screenings of the film in the UK and Ireland and 1.6 million tickets were sold for the first four days after opening, 12% more than Spectre but similar to Skyfall. 

The figures put it on track to make £66m worldwide by the end of the weekend, with Spectre previously banking £91m and Skyfall making £80m.

The day of the film’s Thursday release, Odeon bosses said it had sold more than 175,000 tickets while Cineworld said ticket sales for the film marked its highest pre-selling film since Marvel’s superhero movie Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Cineworld also said there were already ‘several sold out screenings’.  

Cinema operators have been banking on the popularity of the decades-old Bond franchise to accelerate a revival in a sector which is trying to get back on its feet in the face of lingering concerns about coronavirus and competition from streaming services. 

According to the latest figures, the new James Bond film is attracting older viewers in particular. AMC-owned Odeon said that more than one-third of the tickets were booked by people over the age of 46. 

The company added that attendance at its UK venues this month was tracking 10% above pre-crisis levels, boosted by demand for the 25th Bond film..

No Time To Die was delayed by a total of 18 months due to the ongoing Covid crisis, but was finally set for release on 30 September. 

Competition: No Time To Die’s first day ticket sales are 13% higher than 2015’s Spectre but 26% lower than 2012’s Skyfall

The film was originally scheduled for release in November 2019 but was postponed to February and then April 2020 following the departure of original director Danny Boyle due to creative differences.

A China premiere and publicity tour was cancelled in April 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, originally pushing the release back to November 2020.

In October 2020 it was delayed again to April this year, with further delays happening in January and February of this year, with the world premiere date being announced as 28 September last month.

The film has placed ninth in the top 10 of most expensive films ever made, costing £232m. 

Farewell: No Time To Die is actor Daniel Craig’s final outing as title character James Bond after 15 years in the role

NO TIME TO DIE REVIEWS: Magnificent and extravagant

THE DAILY MAIL  

Rating:

‘[No Time To Die is] an explosive, tense, daring, and most of all surprising adventure, toying with our preconceptions about the world’s greatest secret agent and exploring his personal life more intimately than ever before.’

THE GUARDIAN  

Rating:

Craig’s final film as the diva of British intelligence is an epic barnstormer, with the script delivering pathos, action, drama, camp comedy, heartbreak, macabre horror, and outrageously silly old-fashioned action in a movie which calls to mind the world of Dr No on his island.

THE TELEGRAPH

Rating:

Cary Joji Fukunaga’s extravagantly satisfying, bulgingly proportioned last chapter to the Craig era, throws almost everything there is left to throw at 007 the series can come up with.

DIGITAL SPY 

Rating:

It might have taken its time getting him, but No Time to Die confirms that whoever the next James Bond is, they’ve got some big shoes to fill.

THE SUN 

Rating:

In his final turn as 007, Craig exits the franchise with a bang – as well as many crashes and several wallops. The stunts are simply spectacular, with one particular scene involving a motorbike in Italy that will leave you watching through splayed fingers in exhilarating fear.

EVENING STANDARD

Rating:

After Spectre, he famously said he’d rather slash his wrists than play Bond again. Instead, with the help of a talented team, he’s taken a razor blade to the idea of Bond. Craig bows out with his head held high. Way to go.

NME 

Rating:

For the most part though, and with so much at stake thanks to Covid decimating cinema, No Time To Die producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson should be applauded for taking some bold risks. The gobsmacking ending, in fact, may be the biggest in Bond history.

THE INDEPENDENT 

Rating:

While Craig is a consummate action star, director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s more radical vision of James Bond is fleeting, his film a rotating sideshow of old characters and plot points

EMPIRE

This film does things that no Bond film has ever done, and despite relying heavily on tropes that feel not only familiar but comforting, it is the unfamiliar things it does that make this such an exciting entry. 

SKY 

Spectacularly well shot, wonderfully dark villains (Rami Malek’s performance is faultless) and perhaps more depth than before, perhaps Bond really can save the day – for cinema in the short term at least.  

VARIETY 

No Time to Die is a terrific movie: an up-to-the-minute, down-to-the-wire James Bond thriller with a satisfying neo-classical edge. It’s an unabashedly conventional Bond film that’s been made with high finesse and just the right touch of soul, as well as enough sleek surprise to keep you on edge. 

 

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