‘No Time to Die’ eyes $100 million domestic box office opening

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  • “No Time to Die” is on pace to top $100 million at the domestic box office when it debuts this weekend.
  • No other film released during the pandemic has crossed this benchmark.
  • “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” which debuted over the weekend, holds the pandemic-era record for the highest box office gross with $90.1 million.

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“No Time to Die” is set to do something no other big blockbuster has been able to accomplish since the pandemic began – top $100 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend.

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The latest James Bond flick, which topped international box office expectations over the weekend, is on pace to deliver a strong opening that could not only top pandemic-era records, but also the records set by previous Bond films.

Currently, Sony’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” which debuted over the weekend, holds the pandemic-era record for highest box office opening with $90.1 million.

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Movie theater operators told CNBC that “No Time to Die” is performing well beyond expectations and, in many cases, matching pre-sales for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.”

Notably, the “Venom” sequel outpaced its predecessor’s early run from 2018.

“‘No Time to Die’ is perfectly positioned to build that momentum,” said Sean Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com.

While the Bond franchise is generally geared toward older audiences, box office analysts expect several generations to see Daniel Craig’s fifth and final turn as 007 in theaters later this week.

“The box office ceiling for Bond’s latest adventure may be higher than it was before the pandemic,” Robbins said.

According to comScore data, 2012’s “Skyfall” holds the record for the highest-grossing Bond film ever with $88 million in domestic ticket sales. The film is also the only Bond film to top $1 billion at the global box office.

“For hard-core fans ‘No Time to Die’ represents a major milestone and a truth that cannot be missed and thus has the potential for a 9-digit opening weekend number, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since ‘The. Rise of Skywalker’ opened in late December of 2019,” said Paul Dergarbedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

Disclosure: Comcast Owned by NBCUniversal and CNBC. Universal is releasing “No Time to Die” internationally while heroine-Owned MGM handles domestic releases

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