Daniel Craig’s final film as James Bond has notched up the highest opening weekend UK takings of any 007 movie.
Craig’s fifth and final film as Bond made £21m between Friday and Sunday, according to Screen International.
This outperformed Skyfall’s opening weekend gross of £20.2 million and Spectre’s opening weekend gross of £20 million. Those films are ranked second and third in the all-time UK box office chart.
Many in the industry are hoping that No Time to Die will reopen theatres after they were closed due to the pandemic.
It is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, and Lashana Lynch.
Most critics praised the film, with many giving five-star reviews after its premiere at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this week. But some suggested the movie did not quite justify its 163-minute running time.
No Time to Die, according to Universal, opened in 772 cinemas in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Thursday, 25 more than the previous record-holder, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, in 2019.
Skyfall made its big screen debut in 587 theatres nine years ago.
The focus will soon shift to how No Time to Die performs on the other side of the Atlantic when it opens on October 8th.
The market in the United States and Canada appears to be in good health, with Venom: Let There Be Carnage grossing $90.1 million (£66.3 million) on its opening weekend, setting a new pandemic-era record.
The sequel, starring Tom Hardy, also outperformed the original film’s first weekend gross of $80.1 million in 2018.