SATURDAY UPDATE, Refresh for up to date…: Exceeding pre-weekend projections and following a pattern we’ve seen throughout the primary few days of launch, MGM/Eon/Universal’s James Bond pic No Time To Die is now poised for a $112.9M opening weekend on the international box office. Should that estimate maintain by way of Sunday as anticipated, the Daniel Craig-starrer will turn out to be the primary Hollywood film to launch to $100M+ abroad with out China within the opening suite of markets.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and extensively praised, Craig’s final flip as 007 added $27.2M on Friday throughout 54 Universal and MGM offshore markets. The Wednesday-Friday cume is $51.4M.
In like-for-likes and at present change charges No Time To Die is in keeping with Skyfall, and simply 21% under Spectre, excluding previews — and that’s with restrictions nonetheless in place in some areas.
The UK naturally leads all play with a $14.2M cume by way of Friday. The full weekend is on monitor for $30M which might prime Skyfall’s three-day debut and make NTTD the market’s prime movie of the pandemic period in simply 4 days of launch.
On Thursday No Time To Die scored the finest IMAX opening day of the pandemic in 14 markets, together with UK/Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and Hong Kong, in addition to the greatest IMAX opening day of the Bond franchise in 9 markets, together with UK/Ireland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, and Hong Kong.
PREVIOUS, FRIDAY UPDATE, writethru: Full numbers for Wednesday and Thursday present MGM/Eon/Universal’s James Bond pic No Time To Die at a cumulative $22M by way of two days of early launch on the worldwide field workplace. That contains $20M from simply yesterday in such markets because the UK, Brazil, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The figures put 007 on monitor to prime pre-weekend projections of $90M by way of Sunday.
As a reminder, in like-for-like markets at at present’s change charges, 2015’s Spectre did $123.5M; 2012’s Skyfall got here in at $109.2M; and, extra just lately, Universal’s newest Fast & Furious franchise entry F9 did $69.5M.
No Time To Die will overtake the latter, and if it will get near both of the final two Bond pics, will probably be a validation for the movie, its companions and the theatrical enterprise. Many imagine that after all of the stops and begins, if any film can get folks again into cinemas within the pandemic period, the newest on this decades-old franchise is the one. NTTD continues to be carrying an 83% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It releases domestically on October 8.
In Bond’s residence market, the UK, No Time To Die grossed a confirmed $6.6M on Thursday, accounting for 94% of all field workplace there. This is the third-highest opening day of the Bond franchise, 14% above Spectre (Monday opening), and simply 30% behind Skyfall (Friday opening). The Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed installment now holds UK data for the highest single day gross in September, the highest single day of the pandemic, and the best single day since Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker opened through the vacation interval of December 2019.
As famous in yesterday’s replace under, the Daniel Craig-starrer launched with the widest theatrical launch of all time within the UK and Ireland. It’s enjoying in 772 cinemas throughout 3,600 screens, and can have 9,000 every day exhibits over the weekend. Following the London world premiere on Tuesday, the movie has continued producing large information within the UK. Bond is just about in all places there, from busses to billboards and boutiques (ie, Orlebar Brown is touting a line of square-cut 007 swim shorts). Passing by way of Heathrow airport this afternoon, I spied a report on one of many main information channels in regards to the secret lifetime of secret brokers which, natch, included footage from No Time To Die.
Early outcomes from Japan, which bowed at present, point out a Friday opening day of $1.7M, the most important Friday opening day of the Bond franchise, and second-biggest MPA opening day of the pandemic. All main exhibitors are actually working at full capability with no restrictions on present occasions.
Looking again on the different early openers from Wednesday and Thursday, Germany‘s opening gross was $2.8M on Thursday from over 1,300 screens, and good for 84% of the full market and greater than 10x second-placed Dune (which is in its third body). This is the most important opening day of the pandemic, greater than doubling Fast 9, and the second-biggest September opening day ever behind native manufacturing Fack Ju Goehte 2.
Korea tood a complete $1.3M throughout Wednesday and Thursday, opening with afternoon exhibits on Wednesday and setting the most important Culture Day opening for a Hollywood movie in 2021 (the final Wednesday of the month).
Denmark grossed $1M on opening day, greater than 85% of the market’s complete field workplace; Sweden took $990K.
The Middle East opened NTTD on 985 screens throughout the area, that is the most important launch there this 12 months. The cume for the area by way of Thursday is $1.7M.
Netherlands grossed $681K on Thursday, taking 75% of the market and taking greater than 10x second-placed Dune (third weekend). This is the fifth greatest Thursday opening of all time, the greatest ever for Universal, the prime for a September launch, and the greatest of the pandemic. The opening day is simply 7% under Spectre, and 48% above Skyfall. This result’s regardless of necessary well being passes and capability restrictions.
Elsewhere, Switzerland made $615K on Thursday (the greatest opening day of the pandemic, and the greatest September opening day of all time).
Mexico opened to $588K throughout Wednesday and Thursday, 37% above Skyfall’s opening Thursday. Italy bowed with $573K regardless of sturdy Covid restrictions available in the market and setting the greatest opening Thursday of the pandemic, and sixth-biggest of the final 10 years of Thursday openings. There is reportedly distinctive efficiency in Matera the place some scenes from the film have been shot.
Hong Kong scored $544K on Thursday, capturing 77% of the market. This is the greatest opening day of all the Bond franchise, the greatest September opening day of all time, and the most important non-holiday opening day because the starting of the pandemic.
Austria had a robust opening day with 79% market share throughout 326 screens, the widest launch in digital occasions. The movie delivered $397K on Thursday, the most important MPA September opening day of all time (second greatest behind native title Fack Ju Goehte 2), and the third greatest opening day since January 2019. The complete market elevated 192% on Thursday vs final week.
India opened to $381K, the widest launch because the second wave of the pandemic. The market stays impaired, however No Time To Die achieved the third-biggest September opening day of all-time.
Belgium opened to $325K on Thursday, the most effective September launch day of all time, and the most important opening day of 2021. Thursday’s outcome was 29% above Fast 9, and simply 31% under Spectre which launched throughout holidays.
Brazil kicked off with $207K on Thursday, 22% under Spectre, and accounting for 73% of the full market.
No Time to Die nonetheless has an extra 15 worldwide markets to go, together with France (Oct 6), Russia (Oct 7), China (Oct 29) and Australia (Nov 11).
We’ll proceed updating No Time To Die’s abroad rollout over the approaching days.
PREVIOUSLY, THURSDAY: MGM/Eon/Universal’s highly-anticipated No Time To Die has clocked an estimated $6.2M-$6.8M (£4.5M-£5M) within the UK on its opening day at present. Daniel Craig’s ultimate flip as legendary undercover agent 007 got here in about 13% above Spectre (Monday opening) and simply 26% under Skyfall (Friday opening). The Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed pic is having fun with the widest theatrical launch of all time available in the market with 772 cinemas enjoying the movie amid buzz and pleasure aplenty.
More than 30,000 folks attended midnight screenings within the UK and Ireland on Wednesday night time. No Time To Die bought a spectacular 1.62M advance tickets for the opening 4 days, surpassing Spectre’s complete advance bookings by over 12% and performing in keeping with Skyfall on the similar time pre-release.
The twenty fifth James Bond film started worldwide field workplace rollout on Wednesday in Korea, and added the UK at present together with majors Germany, Brazil and Italy — we can have up to date figures from these markets tomorrow, when Japan, Mexico and Spain additionally formally begin their engines. In complete, over 50 offshore markets are going this body; home and additional abroad hubs open subsequent weekend and China is dated October 29.
After a number of pandemic-induced launch date adjustments, audiences are saying, “Mr Bond, we’ve been expecting you.” The UK particularly has been all aflutter with pleasure. A lavish, jam-packed and royally-attended world premiere was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night time whereas Vue held an invite-only screening at its Leicester Square venue on Wednesday night. The movie set the report for highest advance gross sales of all time for the Everyman, Picturehouse and Curzon circuits.
The UK naturally is Bond’s strongest performer and set a collection of data on Spectre, which had a seven-day opening together with previews; the No Time To Die rollout is completely different in that it started on a Thursday.
Elsewhere, Korea launched with afternoon exhibits on Wednesday, grossing a robust $665K from 2,167 screens, by far the widest launch of the franchise. Thursday added one other $590K for a complete of $1.35M to this point, and greater than 60% of the market.
Mexico‘s first preview day got here in at No. 1 with $300K from 2,625 screens. No Time To Die achieved 64% market share, grossing nearly 7x the second-placed movie. Attendance was sturdy throughout the nation.
While business projections factored a roughly $90M opening body for No Time To Die, some assume the Aston Martin may velocity previous that quantity. As a reminder, in like-for-like markets at at present’s change charges, 2015’s Spectre did $123.5M; 2012’s Skyfall got here in at $109.2M; and, extra just lately, Universal’s newest Fast & Furious franchise entry F9 did $69.5M.
No Time To Die will overtake the latter, and if it will get near both of the final two Bond pics, will probably be an enormous validation for the movie, its companions and the theatrical enterprise.
Many have indicated to us that if any film can get people again into cinemas within the pandemic period — and recall that Bond skews barely older, a demo that has been considerably reticent to return — the newest on this enduring franchise is the one. Reviews have been nice with an 83% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And even a few of those that have complaints agree with the consensus that it is a very becoming and emotional farewell to Craig in his fifth go-round.
We will likely be again all through the weekend with updates on No Time To Die’s abroad rollout.