The long-awaited 25th release in the James Bond series from MGM (No Time To Die) has surpassed expectations and has been a catalyst to bring audiences back to cinemas with an £87 ($119m) opening weekend in the UK.
The estimated figure is amazingly even in the ‘pandemic’ era in the UK with figures looking at around £25 million in revenue for the opening weekend.
Many cinemas in the UK welcomed sold-out screenings across the weekend as fans lined up to get tickets to see the blockbuster.
If we are to compare the film’s release to previous Bonds, Spectre debuted with £90m ($123m) £90m & Skyfall raked in £80m ($109m) internationally.
These numbers are huge considering the past box office releases and put the release in good stead for the next 2-3 weeks of release.
No Time To Die which has been regularly rescheduled and delayed both as a result of covid and production issues is the final entry in the series for Actor Daniel Craig.
The release was long-awaited particularly from UK operators after the past 18 months and it has been welcomed across the industry as a return to normality.
The film opened in 24 countries where it sat at number one, Germany has raked in $14.7m, Japan $5.8m, Denmark $5.3m, South Korea, $4.6m and Sweden with $4.1m.
No Time To Die’s box office opening in the UK is impressive
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The film is due to release in another 15 countries this week from France, Russia to North America. It’s set to release in China on October 29th.
Speaking of China the 25th film in the James Bond series is the first film since March 2020 that has made more than $100m without the Chinese market according to distributor Universal.
Much has been rumoured around the budget and marketing costs for the release however with estimates from $250-500m.
However, based on its current performance with further markets to come, and people struggling to get tickets in the UK, it looks to be a sure-fire blockbuster hit.
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