After months and months of delays, “No Time To Die” has finally premiered in overseas markets. It looks like the decision to push the release back has paid off. The new James Bond movie has racked up an impressive $119 million in the international box office.
The numbers are encouraging for an industry that was devasted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Theater chains and studios took a significant hit, with many shutting down for good. The dynamics of in-home releases even led to a major dispute between Disney and actor Scarlett Johansson.
According to Variety, Universal Pictures is touting the fact that the new James Bond movie is the first to break the $100 million opening weekend mark since the pandemic began. The important distinction there is those numbers don’t include China’s market, which has become one of the world’s biggest over the past year and a half.
As James Bond fans will surely remember, the original release date for “No Time to Die” was in April 2020. After being pushed back several times, the release was finally locked in for October. The patience has certainly paid dividends.
It’s hard to believe, but “No Time to Die” is officially the 25th entry in the James Bond film canon. Over the past decade, the movies have cemented themselves as strong performers at the box office. Perhaps the most encouraging part of the “No Time to Die” international debut is how it stacks up to the last few entries.
Per Variety, the 2012 James Bond film “Skyfall” hauled in $109 million on opening weekend, and “Spectre” earned $123 million.
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Of course, only time will tell how the new James Bond movie will fare when released in the United States. The studio, at least, seems pleased with how “No Time to Die” came out, which bodes well for long-term performance.
“The filmmakers delivered an outstanding film and we are very proud to play a part in this result with MGM and EON. Barbara Broccoli has been a huge supporter of the theatrical experience, and it’s very gratifying to see the film achieve such heights during the pandemic,” said Veronika Kwan Vandenburg, the president of international distribution for Universal.
But “No Time to Die” is far from the only title performing well across global markets. Per Variety, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” opened to a $90 million weekend in North America. The highly anticipated sci-fi epic “Dune” opened overseas and has made over $100 million thus far. It’s set to release domestically on October 8.
James Bond fans in the States will have to wait until October 8 to catch the movie in theaters. It’s the highest performing pandemic title yet. But we’ll have to see what happens next weekend.