No Time to Die goes past $667.5 million mark globally

No Time to Die teaser poster

No Time to Die this weekend reached the $667.5 million mark, according to Box Office Mojo.

In its fifth weekend in the United States, the 25th James Bond film, managed to hold onto a significant part of its’ audience, according to Exhibitor Relations Co.

No Time to Die is scheduled on Tuesday to be available for video on demand (VOD) in the U.S. This will be a little more than a month after No Time to Die was released in U.S. theaters.

The Bond film is one of the most most popular movies at the global box office since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it was made with an expensive pricetag.

The Bond film made its debut in China last weekend. Later this week, No Time to Die is scheduled to be released in Australia.

No Time to Die is being released in the U.S. by United Artists Releasing, a joint venture of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Annapurna Pictures. The movie is being distributed by Universal internationally.

Bond’s one undefeatable foe: COVID-19

Even James Bond seems unable to defeat COVID-19. Whatever the final outcome, the coronavirus, including its more infectious Delta variant, has wrecked marketing plans for the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die.

What once seemed possible, a global box office of $1 billion, now appears remote. The coronavirus also is a moving target and still is a wild card.

A newsletter from the former editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter said that the studios behind No Time to Die were committed to the current release window of Sept. 30 in the U.K. (and other countries) and Oct. 8 in the U.S.

Only hours after the newsletter by Matthew Belloni arrived at email in-boxes on Aug. 19, news came via MI6 HQ that the release date of the movie had been pushed back to Nov. 11 in Australia and New Zealand.

So far, excluding Australia and New Zealand, No Time to Die has been delayed three times because of COVID-19. The Australia-New Zealand situation raises the possibility of a fourth global postponement, contrary to Belloni’s reporting.

Now, studios generally are grappling with whether to press ahead or delay movies again. But delays are hardly a guarantee — witness the delays with No Time to Die alone. The movie still hasn’t been released almost two years after principal photography concluded.

Delays also drive up marketing costs as advertising campaigns have to be restarted each time. A lot of ads for No Time to Die — including a pricy Super Bowl ad in 2020 — came to naught.

The pandemic era began in early 2020. Since then, what had become almost common — $1 billion or more box office for movies — has gone away. That’s something expensive movies such as No Time to Die (its production budget was around $300 million) came to depend on.

Exhibitor Relations Co., which tracks box office data, put out this list of top Hollywood box office movies during the pandemic era.

Some day, No Time to Die will be out. Chances are it will do better at the box office than many films. At the same time, the cinema Bond has been bloodied. As the blog has said before, No Time to Die was conceived and filmed during one era. It will debut in another era where the rules changed.