‘No Time to Die’ scores $119 million in worldwide debut

Daniel Craig plays James Bond in No Time To Die.

MGM

The latest James Bond movie won’t hit the US until Friday, but it’s already making waves internationally.

“No Time to Die” grossed an estimated $ 119.1 million in international ticket sales over the weekend, making it the Motion Picture Association’s first pandemic-era title to top $ 100 million in an overseas debut excluding China. The fifth and final James Bond film, starring Daniel Craig, arrives in China on October 29th.

The film topped the opening weekend for a James Bond film in 24 countries including Japan, Hong Kong and Germany and helped fuel the best opening weekends of the pandemic era in 21 countries including the UK.

These are welcome results for MGM and Universal, who are co-distributors of the film. “No Time to Die” was long postponed during the pandemic as studios waited for signs that moviegoers were ready to return to theaters.

“No Time to Die” first kicked off its November 2019 release when Danny Boyle, who was to write and direct the film, left the project. It bounced between a few dates before it was released in April 2020. Since cinemas around the world were closed during the pandemic, it opened first November 2020 and then until April 2021 before agreeing on a date in October.

“The backlog that has built up over the six years of waiting since Specter, as well as the significance of the end of the Craig era as Bond, has made this view necessary for even the most laid-back 007 fan,” said Paul Dergarabedian. Senior Media Analyst at Comscore. “For hardcore lovers, ‘No Time to Die’ is an important milestone and a real cinema event that should not be missed.”

International ticket sales and domestically, box office analysts have given hope of a solid theatrical release. Mainly because “No Time to Die” can only be seen in cinemas.

Disclosure: Comcast owns NBCUniversal and CNBC. Universal released “No Time To Die” internationally while Amazon-Own MGM takes care of the domestic release.