This weekend, the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die hit cinema screens – and as expected, the film has proved to be a huge winner at the box office.
How much of a winner? A sizeable one indeed.
Although the movie hasn’t opened in every territory just yet, it has opened over here in the UK, along with other parts of Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. And so far, it has taken over $119 million.
According to Box Office Mojo, the opening weekend figure is $119,100,000 to be exact, meaning the movie is already off to a great start!
The biggest chunk of change came from the UK, where over the course of the weekend No Time to Die took a whopping $28.2 million. As a Brit (and Bond fan), I can honestly say I am not at all surprised by this figure, as there is a HUGE appetite for this movie over here.
Bond is, and always will be, a firm favourite on this side of the pond, and as such, cinema owners up and down the UK have been clearing space in their schedules to ensure No Time to Die gets top billing. The film has also benefited from plenty of marketing, positive word of mouth, and the recent release of the docu-film Being James Bond (which also aired on TV over here), which has kept 007 at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
As for other territories outside of the UK, well Germany added $14.7 million to the No Time to Die pot this weekend; Japan chucked in $5.8 million, Denmark $5.3 million, Korea $4.6 million, The Netherlands $3.7 million, and Italy and Hong Kong both brought in $2.9 million apiece. The additional millions came from Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Norway, and Finland.
Over the coming days, No Time to Die will make its debut in further territories, so expect plenty more money from the likes of Russia (7th October), the US (8th October), and China (29th October), amongst others.
Unfortunately, those living in Australia still have a little way to go until No Time to Die lands down under, as the film is not scheduled to open until November 11th.
Why is Australia having to wait so long? Because of COVID-19 restrictions and associated lockdowns getting in the way. And this has been the story of Bond for this last year – not just for Australia, but for everywhere else, that has simply had to wait things out.
You will recall that No Time to Die was originally due to hit cinema screens in early 2020, but the movie’s worldwide release was cancelled due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. The film was then shifted around the schedules until finally it was given a definitive release window in late 2021.
The fact that No Time to Die is finally here, and it is playing in some cinemas (with many more to come) is certainly something to champion. Let’s be honest, would it have really surprised anyone if this movie had been pushed back again?
No, I didn’t think so.
Despite the ongoing problems caused by the pandemic, the opening figures look good, and No Time to Die is expected to continue to bring in audiences over the coming weeks. With Daniel Craig bidding farewell to the Bond franchise, and another reboot/retooling on the horizon, it looks like this will be a successful ‘last hurrah’ indeed!
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