After more than a year of pandemic-related delays, MGM's "No Time to Die," finally made its U.S. debut. The 25th James Bond film, the last outing for Daniel Craig, shook up $56M at the domestic box office. The film met conservative expectations, even if it wasn't the carnage "Venom 2" unleashed last week or the anticipated $60M+ opening many analysts predicted. Globally, there's still plenty for MGM to be pleased with as the Bond flick crossed $300M.
"No Time to Die" may not have reached all expectations. One can blame competition from "Venom 2" and the film's long run-time. Also a factor is a still hesitant older audience that still is not turning out in pre-pandemic numbers. But, on the positive side, the Bond flick did lure as much as 25% of that age group, making it their first theatrical experience since the pandemic began.
Moreover, even if "No Time to Die" didn't place as high as "Skyfall" or "Spectre," the $56M opening did put it above Daniel Craig's first outing, 2006's "Casino Royale." That film claimed $40.8M in its opening weekend before claiming $167M in its theatrical run. "No Time to Die" could match this and more as it stretches its legs into the remaining weeks of the month, especially since older age groups might have been hesitant to attend a crowded opening weekend.
Sony's "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" oozed out $32M more in its second week. This was a 65% drop in its sophomore outing, with the anti-superhero movie taking the No. 2 spot. So far, the film has nabbed a total of $141.7M domestically. Sony's tentpole became the first real challenger at the pandemic-era box office, as "Venom 2" likely stole away some box office bucks from "No Time to Die."
United Artists/MGM's family entry "The Addams Family 2" came in at No. 3 with $10M. The animated sequel is also in its second week and is currently available at home on PVOD.
Disney's "Shang-Chi" and WB's "The Many Saints of Newark" rounded out the Top Five. The Marvel movie took the No. 4 spot as it netted $4.2M and crossed the $400M mark internationally. WB's "Sopranos" prequel fell 68% from last week, landing at No. 5. The mob film has been performing well on HBO Max, however, which is likely eating into ticket sales.
This week, the box office hits should keep coming as Universal opens "Halloween Kills" in theaters and on Peacock. Also opening is 20th Century's theater-exclusive medieval drama, "The Last Duel." The historical drama, directed by Ridley Scott, is the first film since "Good Will Hunting" to be co-written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who also star. Also in the cast is Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, both of whom have garnered Oscar buzz for the film.
Box Office Top Ten - Oct. 8-10:
- "No Time to Die" (MGM) - $56,007,372 [NEW]
- "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" (Sony) - $32,000,000 / Overall: $141,665,616
- "The Addams Family 2" (UAR) - $10,019,040 / Overall: $31,140,891
- "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" (Disney) - $4,200,000 / Overall: $212,456,765
- "The Many Saints of Newark" (WB) - $1,450,000 / $7,407,052
- "Free Guy" (20th Century) - $1,300,000 / Overall: $119,681,287
- "Lamb" (A24) - $1,000,079 [NEW]
- "Dear Evan Hansen" (Universal) - $1,000,000 / Overall: $13,706,130
- "Candyman" (Universal) - $700,000 / Overall: $60,073,075
- "Met Opera: Boris Godunov" (Fathom) - $387,000 [NEW]
Box office data comes to us from Box Office Mojo.
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.