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‘No Time to Die’ Tops ‘Spectre’ With $6.6 Million Opening Day at UK Box Office

Thursday numbers are 13% higher than 2015’s Bond film

“No Time to Die” has grossed $6.6 million (£5 million) its opening day in the United Kingdom and Ireland, edging past the opening day of 2015’s “Spectre,” according to Universal Pictures

The film, delayed several times by the coronavirus pandemic, made 14% more than “Spectre” (which opened on a Monday), but 30% below 2012’s “Skyfall.”

It opened in 772 Cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland, 25 more than previous record holder “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.” “No Time to Die” now holds the highest single day gross in September, and the highest single day of the pandemic.

30,000 people attended midnight screenings and 1.62 million advance tickets were sold for the first four days of the film’s opening, according to the BBC.

“No Time to Die,” Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, is projected to make a $90 million debut at the international box office. It marks the 25th James Bond film in the franchise dating back to the ’60s, so anticipation was no doubt high.

The film has been delayed for over a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and has even gone through multiple press cycles, but it’s finally opening in theaters starting this weekend in the UK followed by Oct. 8 in North American theaters.

Cary Joji Fukunaga directed the film, which also stars Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Billy Magnussen.