James Bond Continues Reign Over U.K. Box Office as Hollywood Competition Looms

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Universal release, James Bond title “No Time to Die,” ruled the U.K. and Ireland box office for the second weekend in a row, but competition is waiting in the wings.

The film, Daniel Craig’s swan song as the iconic British super spy, collected £15.2 million ($20.7 million) and now has a mighty total of £52.6 million.

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Another Universal release, “The Addams Family 2,” featuring a voice cast of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz and Bette Midler, held its own against the Bond juggernaut and collected a shade over £2 million in its debut weekend.

In third place, Disney holdover “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” took £558,408 in its sixth weekend and now has a total of £20.5 million.

Paramount’s “PAW Patrol: The Movie” collected £125,902 in fourth position in its ninth weekend at the box office and now has a cumulative £8.3 million.

Close behind, in fifth position, was Warner Bros.’ “The Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark,” with £125,404. The film now has £1.8 million after three weekends of release.

The other new entrant to the top 10, Wildcard’s Dublin-set comedy “Deadly Cuts,” debuted in ninth position with £51,195.

While Bond mania shows no signs of abating, the weekend ahead will see tough competition in the shape of four wide releases. Sony Pictures’ “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” starring Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Williams, the sequel to “Venom” (2018) has already collected $189 million worldwide and the U.K. and Ireland are expected to significantly boost that tally.

The kids market will swoon for Disney’s latest animated offering “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” with the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer and Olivia Colman, which just had a successful debut at the BFI London Film Festival.

Meanwhile Universal’s long awaited horror franchise reboot “Halloween Kills,” with Jamie Lee Curtis, is opening two weeks ahead of the titular holiday and Disney’s knights tale “The Last Duel,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck, could joust with Bond at the box office.

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