How ‘No Time to Die’ Got to $500 Million at the Global Box Office

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Deft navigation of a busy fall release slate, plus help on the COVID front, helped Bond reach the milestone

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While MGM’s “No Time to Die” has faced an extremely rocky road to release even by the standards of the pandemic era, Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film has passed the $500 million global box office milestone at a time when such a benchmark has proven difficult to reach.

Prior to “No Time to Die,” only four films this year had passed the $500 million mark, and three of them are Chinese films: “Hi, Mom,” “Detective Chinatown 3,” and “The Battle at Lake Changjin,” which this weekend became the year’s top grosser with $828 million almost entirely from China. The sole Hollywood film in the group is Universal’s “F9,” which hit $716.5