Refresh for latest…: MGM/Eon/Universal’s No Time To Die has sped the Aston Martin past the $300M global mark, coming off of an $89.54M sophomore frame at the international box office. That lifts James Bond 25’s overseas cume to $257.27M and, including domestic’s start this session, brings the worldwide total to $313.3M.
The overall drop from opening in 38 Universal markets was 32% while MGM’s 16 were off by 41%. In total, 66 markets were in play this session, including new majors France and Russia where Uni releases. On 1,056 screens in France, NTTD bowed to $10.1M, in like with Skyfall and setting a new bar for the biggest opening of the pandemic era while logging Universal’s widest release ever. The IMAX opening was the best since Rise Of Skywalker.
In Russia, NTTD came in just below the second weekend of Sony’s Venom 2 after that movie set records in its opening.
Bond’s UK gross has reached a phenomenal $71M after two frames with just a 28% drop — it is now Uni’s fourth highest grossing title ever in the market. Germany is at $32.7M, off 22% from opening. France is already the No. 3 market on the Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed title. Uni markets total $204.7M through Sunday while MGM’s are at $52.6M.
In like-for-like key markets, Daniel Craig’s final turn as 007 is running above Spectre and slightly below Skyfall.
IMAX’s global cume is now $22.5M. Holds were impressive, including Finland (-6%), Mexico (-10%), Sweden (-11%), Germany (-16%), Norway (-23%), India (-23%), Taiwan (-24%), UK (-25%) and Italy (-28%).
IMAX is also enjoying a strong China run with The Battle At Lake Changjin. Through eight days of release, the propaganda pic has grossed $30.4M in the format, making it IMAX’s biggest National Holiday title ever and its fourth biggest local-language film of all time. Through Sunday, Battle At Lake Changjin has cumed RMB 4.11B ($638M) in China. This three-day weekend was good for about $108M with heavy drop-off after the National Day holiday period ended on Thursday. Maoyan is predicting an RMB 5.3B ($822M) final which would put it even with China’s Hi, Mom as the top grossing movie of the year worldwide.
Ahead of wider overseas rollout beginning next session, Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage is having a blast. The weekend was good for $24.8M in 13 markets including a stunning $20M from Latin America. This makes it the region’s biggest opener of the pandemic era, outperforming recent pics like F9 (+1%), Shang-Chi (+164%) and No Time To Die (+238%) — based on standard opening weekends. The debut is 15% below the original Venom.
The offshore cume through Sunday on the Tom Hardy-starrer is $43.9M for a global cume of $185.6M.
Warner Bros/Legendary’s Dune mined a further $8.8M in the session, repping a 41% drop across 32 markets. The overseas cume is now $117.1M.
Meanwhile, Disney is hitting a milestone on Monday, becoming the first studio to cross $2B in global box office during 2021. This has been achieved by a combination of seven titles that all grossed over $100M worldwide through Sunday including Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings ($401.6M), Black Widow ($379M), Free Guy ($327M), Cruella ($233M), Jungle Cruise ($212M), Raya And The Last Dragon ($130M) and Soul ($105M).
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