Following the longest-ever gap between Bond installments during the Daniel Craig era of the franchise – the result of four release-date delays amid the pandemic – No Time to Die, the actor’s final turn as 007, debuted in theaters this weekend saddled with lofty expectations.
The studio cites “preliminary internal polling data “which indicates that 25% of moviegoers who showed up in North American theaters this weekend returned to theaters for the first time since the start of the pandemic, offering a hopeful spin on No Time to Die‘s ability to lure holdouts back to the multiplex after over a year-and-a-half. If that statistic bears out, it may also bode well for the film’s long-term box office prospects. In addition to garnering a good A- Cinemascore and a solid 88% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, No Time to Die is only available to watch in theaters, giving audiences no alternative route to view the film at home. Strong word-of-mouth could help keep it afloat against forthcoming competition including next weekend’s Halloween Kills and The Last Duel and the following weekend’s highly anticipated sci-fi epic Dune.
Falling to second place in its sophomore frame is Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which dropped 64% to an estimated $32M. That’s a steeper second-weekend drop than we saw for the first Venom, which fell 56%, though that film didn’t have a behemoth like Bond follow so quickly on its heels. Nonetheless, Let There Be Carnage has $141.67M to date – less than 1% behind the first Venom at the same point in its run, though the studio is projecting that the sequel will surpass the original installment tomorrow, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday that many Americans have off from work.
With no other family-friendly alternatives currently in wide release, The Addams Family 2 held well in its second weekend, dropping 42% to an estimated $10.02M for a total of $31.14M so far. That’s actually a better hold than the first Addams Family, which dropped 46% in its sophomore frame – though of course, that film debuted to nearly $13M more, a difference at least partially attributable to the sequel’s day-and-date availability on PVOD.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings finished at No. 4 with an estimated $4.2M in its sixth weekend of release, bringing the Disney/Marvel title – the only film to cross the $200M mark during the pandemic – to a grand total of $212.5M so far.
After opening to a mild $4.65M last weekend, Warner Bros.’ The Many Saints of Newark fell to fifth place with an estimated $1.45M, a rather steep 69% decline. The Sopranos prequel, which debuted day-and-date on HBO Max, has $7.41M after 10 days of release.
Disney/20th Century Studios’ Free Guy finished in sixth place with an estimated $1.3M in its ninth weekend of release, bringing the total for the Ryan Reynolds action-comedy to $119.68M.
Debuting in limited release was the A24 horror film Lamb, which broke into the top 10 with $1,000,079 from 583 screens — good enough for a seventh-place finish according to estimates.
Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen finished a hair behind in eighth place with an estimated $1,000,000 in its third weekend, bringing the total for the Broadway musical adaptation to $13.7M.
Finally, Universal’s Candyman finished at No. 9 with an estimated $700k in its seventh weekend, while Disney’s Jungle Cruise rounded out the top 10 with an estimated $214k in weekend number 11. Their totals stand at $60.07M and $116.55M, respectively.
Softer-than-expected debut in North America notwithstanding, No Time to Die continued cleaning up in its second frame overseas, where it grossed a terrific $89.54M from 66 markets. The Bond installment, which was released largely by Universal internationally (with some MGM territories), has taken in north of $257.27M overseas and $313.28M worldwide. The film debuted at No. 1 in France with an estimated $10.1M, the highest debut of the pandemic in the country to date. In the U.K. and Ireland, it took in an estimated $20.5M, a slight 28% drop from its first weekend in the territory. Its total there is now $70.9M, making it the fourth highest-grossing Universal title of all time in the market. No Time to Die opens in China on Oct. 29 and in Australia on Nov. 11.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage took in an estimated $24.8M from 13 markets overseas, including a terrific $20M in Latin America. The Sony sequel’s international total is now $43.9M and its global tally is $185.6M.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings crossed the $400M global mark this weekend after taking in another estimated $4.9M from 46 territories. The MCU installment’s international total is now $189.1M and its worldwide tally is $401.6M. Disney reports that its releases will pass the collective $2B global mark tomorrow for 2021, making it the first MPA studio to hit that number this year. A total of seven of Disney’s films have surpassed $100M worldwide so far this year: Shang-Chi, Black Widow, Free Guy, Cruella, Jungle Cruise, Raya and the Last Dragon and Soul.
Warner Bros.’ Dune grossed another $8.8M from 32 international markets this weekend, bringing its overseas total to $117.1M. It opens in North America on Oct. 22.
Sunday’s Studio Weekend Estimates: October 8-10, 2021
|Title||Estimated weekend||% change||Locations||Location change||Average||Total||Weekend||Distributor|
|No Time to Die||$56,007,372||4,407||$12,709||$56,007,372||1||United Artists / MGM|
|Venom: Let There be Carnage||$32,000,000||-64%||4,225||n/c||$7,574||$141,665,616||2||Sony Pictures|
|The Addams Family 2||$10,019,040||-42%||4,207||n/c||$2,382||$31,140,891||2||United Artists / MGM|
|Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings||$4,200,000||-31%||2,800||-655||$1,500||$212,456,765||6||Walt Disney|
|The Many Saints of Newark||$1,450,000||-69%||3,181||n/c||$456||$7,407,052||2||Warner Bros.|
|Free Guy||$1,300,000||-43%||1,495||-1,050||$870||$119,681,287||9||20th Century Studios|
|Dear Evan Hansen||$1,000,000||-60%||1,927||-1,437||$519||$13,706,130||3||Universal|
|Jungle Cruise||$214,000||-70%||445||-930||$481||$116,546,419||11||Walt Disney|
|PAW Patrol: The Movie||$200,000||-53%||404||-345||$495||$40,019,471||8||Paramount|
|The Jesus Music||$150,000||-73%||270||21||$556||$857,994||2||Lionsgate|
|After We Fell||$131,000||149||$879||$131,000||5||Vertical|
|I’m Your Man||$50,470||6%||122||71||$414||$169,165||3||Bleecker Street|
|The Eyes of Tammy Faye||$42,000||-83%||125||-860||$336||$2,308,421||4||Searchlight Pictures|
|The Night House||$21,000||25%||70||-15||$300||$7,107,044||8||Searchlight Pictures|
|The Boss Baby: Family Business||$15,000||-30%||328||-16||$46||$57,278,895||15||Universal|
|Black Widow||$12,000||-50%||55||-45||$218||$183,647,459||14||Walt Disney|
|Ascension||$7,500||3||$2,500||$7,500||1||MTV Documentary Films|