More than 18 months after the epidemic was delayed, the “No Time to Die” target was opened. The final James Bond film of the Daniel Craig era grossed 56 56 million from 4,407 North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday, making it easy to win first place.
It didn’t break any epidemics or 007 records, but it didn’t go down significantly and it was actually the fourth best opening of the 25-film series. Not James Bond Marvel at the opening of the weekend. Bond always has an older audience that is generally less prone to rushing in the first weekend. In fact, the opening of the best bond did not break even 100 100 million. That was $ 88.4 million for “Skyfall” in 2012.
“It’s been a long time since this movie got on the big screen,” said Eric Lomis, distribution head at United Artist Releasing. “This is exactly where we thought it would be and exactly where the tracking predicted it would be.”
Carrie Joji Fukunaga directed the installment, starring Leah Sidox, Ben Hishao, Naomi Harris, Anna de Armas, Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek. Both the critics and the audience responded positively (84% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Cinemascore). According to the exit data, the audience was mostly male (64%) and over 35 (57%).
Craig Sunday from Charlotte Motor Speedway said, “I’m really, really relieved that it’s a movie and people are getting a chance to see it.” “I’m incredibly proud of it, since I’ve been in all the movies, but I was desperate to go and see a large group of people just coming here. This is what we are. We are a social species, we need to come together. ”
Craig was the honorary starter in the NASCAR playoff race where he waved the green flag.
Unlike many films released during the epidemic, a streaming or hybrid release was never considered for “No Time to Die”. In addition to being the longest bond film in two hours and 43 minutes, it was also expensive with a production budget of about 250 250 million. And that doesn’t include marketing costs, which exceed 100 100 million.
“Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are huge believers in the drama experience,” Lomis said of the film’s producers. “They gave us a great movie and we put it together for the theater. This was very important for us, them and the theater owners. And when you see such results, it is very satisfying. ”
According to North American distributor United Artist Releasing, 25% of moviegoers returned to theaters this weekend for the first time in 1 month, suggesting that the film would have a foothold.
“It was, I thought, a pretty significant statistic,” Lomis added.
He said he has received calls from theater owners across the country that audiences are regularly appreciating the end of the movie.
But Bond movie profits eventually fell to the international level, which regularly accounted for more than 70% worldwide in the Craig era. “No Time to Die” launched overseas last weekend, Universal operates in some regions and MGM with others and as of Sunday the total global revenue was estimated to be more than 313.3 million.
“This movie was bigger than life because it was the first high-profile movie to move away from the release date when the epidemic started,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at ComScore. “It’s amazing to keep the bond still appealing and effective and relevant for aling0 years.”
In second place was last week’s 1st film, Venom: Let the Be Carnegie, which dropped %% from its record 90 90 million launch, and grossed ২ 322 million in its second weekend. The Sony sequel, which also runs exclusively in theaters, has grossed 185 185.6 million worldwide to date.
Excluding Bond, it was a relatively quiet week at the box office. Other newcomers included A24’s spooky Icelandic film “Lamb,” which grossed 1 1 million from just 583 theaters, and Blicker Street’s “Mass,” which opened at প 14,457 on four screens.
Meanwhile, Disney on Monday expects global box office revenue to exceed ২ 2 billion by 2021. .
“A year ago we were in extreme crisis,” Dergarabedian said. “This year is 32% more than last year. We’re getting places here and we have a lot of great movies. The industry is moving forward and ‘Halloween Kills’ could be much bigger than anyone expected.
According to ComScore, approximate ticket sales will be from Friday to Sunday in US and Canadian theaters. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.
1. “No Time to Die,” 56 million.
2. “Venom: Let the Be Carnegie,” $ 32 million.
3. “Adams Family 2,” 10 million.
Shan. “Shang-chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, .. 4.2 million.
5. “The Manny Saints of Newark,” 1.5 million.
6. “Free Guy,” 1.3 million.
7. “Lamb,” 1 million.
8. “Dear Evan Hansen,” 1 million.
9. “Candy Man,” 700,000.
10. “Jungle Cruise” $ 214,000.
AP Reporter Jenna Fryer contributes from Concord, North Carolina