October 10, 2021
MGM/United Artists Releasing’s newest James Bond actioner, No Time to Die, dominated the North American box office, generating a projected $56 million in ticket sales across more than 4,400 screens through Oct. 10. Daniel Craig’s last role as Agent 007 is expected to add to the tally through the Oct. 11 holiday.
With a reported 25% of ticket buyers first-time moviegoers since the pandemic began, the 25th Bond movie is projected to have strong legs over the coming weekends. MGM and industry observers had estimated North American ticket sales from $60 million to $70 million. Still, No Time is the fourth-largest Bond movie opening after Skyfall with $88.3 million, Spectre ($70.4 million) and Quantum of Solace with $67.5 million.
The movie is expected to soon surpass $300 million at the global box office, the second consecutive $100+ million weekend box office since the movie’s Oct. 1 international debut in select (notably the U.K.) markets. No Time opens in China, the world’s No. 2 box office, Oct. 29.
“A lot of people came out and saw this movie and it was the first movie they went back to the cinemas,” Erik Lomis, president of distribution at United Artists Releasing, said in a media comment. “No Time to Die will play and play. They’ll tell friends how much fun they had at the theater and then they’ll come back.”
Notably, an EntTelligence report suggests 4.2 million people visited North American theaters to watch No Time to Die through Oct. 10. Of those moviegoers, 56% plan to purchase the movie digitally or on disc when it hits retail channels.