‘No Time to Die’ scores $ 119 million for international debut
Daniel Craig plays the role of James Bond in “No Time To Die”.
The latest James Bond film won’t arrive in the United States until Friday, but it’s already making waves internationally.
“No Time to Die” grossed an estimated $ 119.1 million in international ticket sales over the weekend, making it the first pandemic-era Motion Picture Association title to surpass 100 million dollars in an overseas premiere without China. The fifth and final James Bond film starring Daniel Craig will arrive in China on October 29.
The film had the best opening weekend results for a James Bond film in 24 countries, including Japan, Hong Kong and Germany, and helped fuel the best opening weekends of the pandemic era in 21 countries, including the United Kingdom.
These are welcome results for MGM and Universal, who are co-distributors of the film. “No Time to Die” was long delayed during the pandemic as studios waited for signs that moviegoers were ready to return to the movies.
“No Time to Die” was pushed back for the first time since its release in November 2019 when Danny Boyle, who was supposed to write and direct the film, left the project. It bounced back between a few dates before releasing in April 2020. With theaters closed around the world during the pandemic, it was first pushed back to November 2020, then to April 2021 before settling on a date of. October.
The pent-up demand built over a six-year wait since ‘Specter’, along with the significance of the end of the Craig era as Bond, made this viewing mandatory, even for the 007 fan on the more laid back, ”said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “For die-hard aficionados, ‘No Time to Die’ represents a major milestone and a true cinematic event not to be missed.”
Advanced international and domestic ticket sales have given box office analysts hope for a solid theatrical tour. Especially since “No Time to Die” is only available in theaters.
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