The 25th movie of the James Bond series has finally been released today after a long, very long, wait. The expectations are high as it is Daniel Craig’s final film interpreting the charming, royal super-spy in a tuxedo. The film had a great preview Thursday with $6.3 million and is expected to reach a new opening weekend box office record for a Bond film.
No Time To Die has had an explosive last weekend on the international market. Releasing one week prior to the US, the movie has generated a hefty $121 million on its opening weekend. Not falling short at all from its predecessors Spectre with $123 million in 2015 and Skyfall which brought $109 million in 2012.
It was especially successful in the United Kingdom and Ireland, grossing over $35.1 million on its première, making it the best debut for a film in 2021, and the 6th best debut of any film ever in the UK. The Cary Fukunaga-directed film was also a huge hit in countries like Russia, Germany, Spain, and Japan. This may be an indicator as to what to expect for its release weekend in American cinemas. According to Variety, No Time To Die predictions for this weekend are in the high $60 to $70 million.
Its success in the domestic box office will heavily rely on the older demographic’s willingness to go to the movie theaters during a pandemic. Even though predictions do give the latest Bond film a very positive forecast, it will rather unlikely reach the 2021 opening weekend record of $90 million set by Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
The film promises to satisfy its fanbase and give a dignified goodbye to the best Bond in history, with the exclusion of Sean Connery. In Daniel Craig’s own words from his latest No Time To Die Heineken commercial is has been “well worth the wait”.