No Time To Die had a robust opening weekend in US theaters, though not as strong as predictions hoped for. This was after all, the last installment of Daniel Craig’s British super-spy. Bond, James Bond, has come in first place this weekend as the highest-grossing film with $56 million domestically. Sony’s slimy supervillain’s sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, made it to second place with $32 million.
Even though this might be considered a good debut weekend for the 25th Bond installment, predictions had hoped to see the film around the $60 to $70 million range given its huge success internationally. After all the movie had grossed over $300 million overseas, making it the best debut weekend of any Bond movie ever. Predecessors Skyfall (2012) had generated $109 million and Spectre (2015) brought in $123 million.
No Time To Die is one of the movies that arguably has suffered the most because of the lockdowns. The MGM-produced film had been pushed back for almost two years due to the ongoing pandemic. The film continues to endure as it is heavily reliant on the older demographic and their enthusiasm to go to movie theaters. 57 percent of the Bond fanbase buying tickets this last weekend were over 35 years of age and 36 percent were over the age of 45. For many moviegoers of this age range, this has been the first film they have gone to see during the pandemic.
The Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed Bond film says cheers to one of the most beloved lead actors of the series, Daniel Craig. The movie includes many stars such as Ana de Armas, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, and Lashana Lynch who share this long goodbye to one of the most successful James Bond runs in history.