After being delayed for 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the premiere of the film “No Time to Die” was able to achieve its ticket sales target. The last James Bond film in the Daniel Craig era grossed $56 million from screenings in 4,407 North American theaters and easily topped the box office.
The James Bond film “No Time to Die” did not break the COVID-19 pandemic record or any previous James Bond film. But the film is also not considered a complete failure and is in fact the fourth best opening in the 25 James Bond film series.
James Bond isn’t a Marvel series in terms of a weekend premiere. Bond films always have an older audience, who usually tend not to rush to see them in the first week of release. In fact, even the best James Bond openings have never scored above $100 million. That happened to the film “Skyfall” which was released in 2012 and made a gross of 88.4 million dollars.
This James Bond film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and co-stars Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ana De Armas, Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek who are the antagonists.
During a pandemic, most films are released online, in theaters or both. However, this was not done for the film “No Time to Die” which was only screened in theaters. In addition to being the longest Bond film at two hours and 43 minutes, “No Time to Die is also the most expensive Bond film, with a production cost of around 250 million dollars. This figure does not include the cost of marketing the film which reportedly exceeds 100 million dollars.
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” took second place at the box office, which grossed $32 million. Its revenue is down 64 percent from its inaugural release, $90 million, last week.
The film “The Addams Family 2,” which was released on October 1, took third place at the box office this week with $10 million. [lj/uh]