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New James Bond franchise breaks box office

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THE Hollywood box office saw an injection of life, weekend, with a pandemic record opening for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and it was also good news for international exhibitors as the long-delayed No Time To Die finally began its global roll out with an impressive $121.3 million haul through Sunday.

  In the UK, Daniel Craig’s Bond swansong earned £21 million between Friday and Sunday, topping Skyfall (£20.2 million) and Spectre (£19.8 million) to give the franchise its best opening weekend on home soil, and the sixth biggest opening weekend of all time in the market. It also puts it ahead of every other release of the year to make it the highest-grossing movie of 2021 in the UK after just a single weekend.

  NO TIME TO DIE follows the story of Bond who has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend, Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

  No Time To Die stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), and Christoph Waltz (Blofeld), while new additions include Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw), Dali Benssalah (A Faithful Man) and David Dencik (Top of the Lake).

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