Box Office: No Time To Die (is) Special

    Author Zoe Aresti

The Weekend Box Office Round-up

After four days in cinemas No Time To Die has grossed a huge £25.9m, which remarkably makes it by far the biggest film of the year already, having overtaken Peter Rabbit 2 (£20.3m). It’s not just a great result in the pandemic-era, it would have been a great result in any era. Marvellously, it banked £21m from Friday to Sunday, making it the biggest Friday to Sunday opening for a Bond film in history, surpassing both Skyfall (£20.2m) and SPECTRE (£19.8m). On Saturday, it grossed £8.5m, which is the third highest Saturday gross of all-time, for any film.

In more good news, the presence of No Time To Die in cinemas wasn’t a disaster for the rest of the films in the top 10, with many films posting respectable holds, and some films even increasing on last weekend’s total. Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings came in second, falling 51% to £779k and a new total of £19.7m. In the next week it will become only the third film of 2021 to cross the £20m mark.

Free Guy came in third and also posted a respectable hold, falling 52% to £270k and a new total of £16.6m. This is impressive, not just because No Time To Die is dominating cinema screens, but because Free Guy is now available to watch for free at home on Disney+. On a good weekend for animation, The Paw Patrol Movie laughed (barked?) in the face of Bond, increasing on last weekend’s total by 16% to £252k, which was enough for fourth spot. That takes its total to £8.2m, which is over four times the previous best total for a Paw Patrol release.

The Many Saints Of Newark has failed to hit the high notes, falling 62% from last weekend (once previews are removed) to £237k, which was enough for fifth spot. After 12 days in cinemas it has grossed £1.6m. Outside of the top five, Bollywood title Chal Mera Putt 3 opened in sixth with £193k, which is the biggest opening for the series. The previous best being Chal Mera Putt, which opened with £99k in 2019. Bond wasn’t the only franchise setting a series best this weekend.

Overall the box office was up 448% from last weekend.

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Across The Pond

While Bond was setting the box office alight in the UK, Venom: Let There Be Carnage was performing not inconsiderable feats across the Atlantic, opening with $90.1m. That’s the biggest opening of the pandemic-era, surpassing Black Widow, and it’s also 12% up on the opening of the first Venom. Opening in second, The Addams Family 2 also performed impressively, debuting with $18m. This is another film that’s available to watch at home at the same time. After four weeks in the top spot, Shang-Chi added $6m which takes its total to $206.1m, making if the first film this year to cross the $200m mark. The Many Saints of Newark opened in fourth with $5m, while Dear Evan Hansen completed the top five, adding $2.5m for a new total of $11.8m.