NO TIME TO DIE SETS NEW BOX OFFICE RECORD

NO TIME TO DIE SETS NEW BOX OFFICE RECORD

NO TIME TO DIE SETS NEW BOX OFFICE RECORD

The latest James Bond adventure, No Time to Die, has soared its way to the top of the box office - and has set a new record in the process.

After waiting some 18 months, thanks to the global pandemic shutting cinemas and the uncertainty of them reopening, fans were able to enjoy the latest 007 outing in packed cinemas, and seem to have been flocking there.

According to Variety, the 25th action movie in the long-standing franchise has taken $6.3 million (£4.6 million) in the US during its Thursday previews alone. It's the strongest opening for a Bond movie ever, stealing Spectre's from 2015, where it earned a cool $5.3 million. Before that, it was 2012's Skyfall that held the record of $4.6 million.

Naturally, you'd assume cinema grossings to increase over time, in line with inflation. However, with the disruption of the pandemic still looming and some studios taking longer than hoped to get their movies back into public theatres, it makes the numbers even more impressive.

Starring Daniel Craig in his fifth and final effort as the super spy, No Time to Die co-stars Jeffrey Wright, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ana de Armas, Ben Wishaw, Christoph Waltz, Lashana Lynch, and Rami Malek.

With the latest movie only just hitting cinemas in the United States, it has been out elsewhere for over a week. The film has grossed in excess of $121 million (£89 million) worldwide, from 54 countries, including the UK, Brazil, Germany and Spain.

There was concern that, due to several national lockdowns, the film wouldn't perform well in the UK, according to insiders and as was evident by the caution to hold it for a year-and-a-half. However, the push back from an intended March 2020 release appears to have been a win for Barbara Broccoli and co., with it's debut raking in $6.6 million (£4.8 million) from its premiere.

No Time to Die is in cinemas now.