Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective”), “No Time To Die” stars Daniel Craig in his last round as a suave MI6 agent, with Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, and Rory Kinnear also reprising their roles from previous 007 films. New cast members include Rami Malek, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch.
If the $ 112.9 million estimate turns out to be correct, “No Time To Die” will have the biggest international debut since the pandemic began for a film without the Chinese box office boost (it opens in this territory on October 29). This is obviously good news for Eon and MGM, but more broadly, it is good news for the film industry as a whole. Theaters were pushed to breaking point during the pandemic, and double-release strategies (like Warner Bros. movies released simultaneously on HBO Max and Disney movies released via Premium VOD on Disney +) have reduced sales of box office tickets even as the films gradually returned. Summer.
Two exclusive theatrical releases that land at the box office (“No Time To Die” and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” which topped its opening weekend estimates) certainly don’t mean it all came back to the normal. But with other recent hits like “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” these numbers indicate that the box office has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels – which bodes well for upcoming releases like “Dune”, “Last Night in Soho” and “Halloween Kills”.
“No Time To Die” hits US theaters on October 8, 2021.