Following 18-months in which he has gone from her majesty’s secret service to being completely out-of-service, James Bond finally returns to the big-screen with No Time to Die. You can read our overwhelmingly positive ★★★★ review here, which appears to echo sentiments shared by box-office analysts, who have Daniel Craig’s farewell pegged to tuck approximately $90M in its tuxedo top pocket over the opening weekend.
Deadline reports that the MGM/EON/Universal blockbuster will start its rollout into 50 territories this Wednesday with Korea, before adding key territories such as the UK, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain through the weekend.
With so many of these countries at different stages of the pandemic, experts predict an opening in the region of $90M, but this appears to be a rough estimate taking into account the many variables at play, which includes the film’s whopping two-hour forty minute runtime. As a comparison Spectre opened with $123.5M in 2015, whereas 2012’s Skyfall came in at $109.2M, so even as a cautious estimate, $90M would be a very good result.
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Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
No Time To Die stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), and Christoph Waltz (Blofeld), while new additions include Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw), Dali Benssalah (A Faithful Man) and David Dencik (Top of the Lake).
No Time to Die hits UK cinemas on September 30th and US theaters on October 8th.