James Bond fans have something to celebrate. After the release date for the film changed multiple times, due to the lockdowns caused by the pandemic, the film will officially be opening five days earlier than its last announced release date.
No Time To Die, the 25th installment in the Bond franchise is now slated to premiere on November 20, 2020.
We admit this is not like it is months earlier than hoped for, but we will also agree it is better than nothing. With the new release date, the final Bond appearance for Daniel Craig will wage a box office war against Pixar’s Soul on the weekend just before Thanksgiving.
his time slot is one of the most competitive in the theatrical entertainment business. However, this year will not be as typical as years before.
The sequel was initially announced to open in November 2019 but was then moved to February 2020. Then the release date was April 10, 2020, and the again pushed to the current November 2020.
When the pandemic hit the nation and the world as a whole, theaters in North America shut their doors in mid March, and they have remained closed ever since.
No Time To Die is not the only film that has been bounced here and there on its release date. Warner Brothers shifted the highly anticipated Wonder Woman 1984 from and August 2020 release date to October.
With the theaters opening, social distance will play a big part in movie-going numbers.
With Cinemark already stating they will encourage the wearing masks but not making them mandatory, it remains to be seen the affect this will have on attendance and ticket sales.
When it was all said and done, pushing No Time To Die from April to November is estimated to have cost MGM between $30 to $50 million, because advertising had already been set up, paid for, and ready to go.