October 10, 2021
Imax Oct. 10 announced a $7.3 million domestic debut for MGM’s 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die, saying the release captured 13% of the North American opening weekend gross.
The movie achieved Imax’s highest indexing for a $50 million+ domestic opening since 2018, continuing the company’s run of strong market share as tentpole titles return to theaters. The final installment of Daniel Craig’s run as 007 is the first Bond film to be shot with Imax cameras and features more than an hour of scenes in Imax-exclusive expanded aspect ratio.
No Time to Die has now reached $22.5 million in global ticket sales on Imax screens. The film earned another $5.7 million across international screens this weekend, highlighted by the film’s $600,000 debut in France, the best Imax opening in the market since December 2019.
The movie debuted in 50 international markets Oct. 1-3, breaking records for the best Imax opening weekend ever for a James Bond film in 24 markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America.
“The combination of Imax technology and this iconic franchise has proven to be a winning one at the global box office, with audiences everywhere turning out to experience Cary Fukunaga’s immersive filmmaking as it was meant to be seen,” Megan Colligan, president of Imax Entertainment, said in a statement. “Imax is reaching and even exceeding pre-pandemic global box office for September and October, which is a very exciting prospect given the upside ahead with audiences and blockbusters still returning to theaters.”
The strong fall/winter blockbuster slate continues as sci-fi reboot Dune from Warner Bros./Legendary hits Imax screens in North America and China Oct. 22, and on Nov. 5 Disney/Marvel’s Eternals rolls out worldwide.