James Bond has not lost its charm at the box office.
No time to die – whose release has been repeatedly delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic – soared to $ 119.1 million in 54 markets on its overseas debut, an invigorating figure that set many records and fuels the hope that the cinema will resume in earnest.
The 25th installment of the legendary spy franchise is the first pandemic-era Hollywood title to cross $ 100 million when it launches overseas without China. It wasn’t the only good news of the weekend. In North America, Sony Venom: let there be carnage released a jaw-dropping $ 90 million three-day launch.
From MGM and Bond home EON Productions, No time to die chose to open in a series of offshore territories a week before its launch in North America on October 8. Universal operates the tentpole in most of the overseas countries, where the film garnered the best pandemic-era revenue in many territories.
In the UK and Ireland, No time to die earned $ 11.4 million on Saturday, the highest day at the box office for any film in the series, as well as the highest day in the pandemic era.
The film is set to release the third-biggest weekend in the Bond franchise at $ 34.8 million, and the sixth-biggest for a film. It receives the widest release ever in the UK, playing in 772 theaters. It is also the biggest release ever made by Universal in this territory.
No time to dieThe first performances of are a welcome relief for UK exhibitors, many of whom are pinning their hopes of a pandemic recovery on Bond, traditionally a major event in UK cinemas anyway, but this year with the added pressure of being considered as a test for future consumer confidence.
No time to die broke Imax records, including setting the best opening weekend for a Bond film in 24 countries, including Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy. And it was the best opening of the pandemic era in 21 markets, including the UK, Hong Kong, Austria and Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway.
“It was a huge team effort from everyone. The filmmakers delivered an exceptional film and we are very proud to play a part in this result with MGM and EON, ”said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Head of Distribution at Universal International, adding that Barbara Broccoli of EON was a “A big supporter of the theatrical experience, and it’s very gratifying to see the film reach such heights during the pandemic. “
No time to die is directed by Cary Fukunaga and marks Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as James Bond. The film’s cast also include Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz, as well as Rami Malek, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch.
007 is not the only title to reload the foreign box office.
Venom 2 also made headlines overseas this weekend when it opened to a whopping $ 13.8 million in Russia. This is Sony’s biggest all-time launch in this market and the best of all movies during the pandemic.
And, for its third release, Denis Villeneuve’s film Dune raised an additional $ 13.7 million in 32 markets to cross the $ 100 million mark internationally. It opens in North America later this month.