Could ‘No Time to Die’ Set James Bond Franchise Record for Opening Box Office Weekend?

by Michael Freeman

No Time to Die serves as Daniel Craig’s last time reprising his role as James Bond. Despite movie theaters not faring as well these days, could it set a new franchise record for its opening box office weekend?

Covid still has many people anxious to attend theaters, but there’s evidence suggesting No Time to Die’s opening weekend may break the franchise’s previous record. For example, Variety reports it premiered internationally last weekend with a massive $121 million debut. However, in the United States, it’s projected to bring in around $60 to $70 million in its first three days. Though some sources think it’s possible the film goes higher, it still wouldn’t surpass $80 million.

Right now, Skyfall retains the record, scoring a cool $88 million in North America on opening weekend. Nonetheless, Covid makes predicting sales difficult. For example, Sony suspected Venom: Let There Be Carnage would only bring in $40 million, but it destroyed expectations, making $90.1 million. Furthermore, Fandango, the online ticketing service, states No Time to Die ticket presales are strong.

Fandango managing editor Erik Davis affirms this, saying it’s a must-see movie. “No Time to Die’ represents the perfect finale for Daniel Craig in the series, and the kind of blockbuster you need to see on the biggest screen possible. It offers something for every film fan, including classic cars and gadgets, awesome villains and a great continuation of the Bond storyline, with some of the best action sequences we’ve ever seen in any 007 adventure.”

Overall, though it’s hard to say for certain, it’s possible No Time to Die will in fact break records. With no real way of knowing, we’ll have to see how it fares this weekend when it debuts.

Daniel Craig Admits ‘It Was Time to Finish’ with James Bond Ahead of ‘No Time to Die’ U.S. Premiere

Daniel Craig has been bond for more than a decade, with his latest movie being No Time to Die. That being said, he recognizes his tenure as the agent is up, saying “it was time to finish” the role.

Speaking on Good Morning America, he reflects on the experience. “I think it will take me 15 years to unpick all of this. It’s so crazy. Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that’s so surreal to me from where I come from in life. So, yeah I’m kind of just taking it all in.”

It’s no surprise since aside from his newest film, he was also Bond in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. Nevertheless, Craig also admitted his time as Bond is over. “To think back for a second of what was achieved and what these movies have meant to so many people it’s such a big deal. But it’s time to finish. It’s done.”