“No Time to Die” will be releasing in U.S. theaters five days earlier than expected.
The James Bond film’s Twitter account made the announcement on Saturday morning, revealing it will head to U.S. theaters on Nov. 20.
The film has been shifted around twice now due to the coronavirus pandemic. “No Time to Die” was originally set for April 10, but was postponed to Nov. 25 in light of COVID-19 and the shutdown of most movie theaters back in March. The Nov. 12 release date in the U.K. is unchanged.
James Bond will now go head to head at the box office with Pixar’s “Soul” on the weekend before Thanksgiving, typically a competitive time frame. “Soul” was moved from June 19 to Nov. 20 earlier this year. A few other blockbuster movies, like Marvel’s “Black Widow” (Nov. 6) and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place Part 2” (Sept. 4), moved their summer releases to the fall as well.
The unexpected move comes after Warner Bros. shifted around its slate of movies on Friday night. Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” was pushed back two weeks to July 31, and DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman 1984” jumped from Aug. 14 to Oct. 2. The fourth “Matrix” film was also delayed nearly a year to April 1, 2022.
With an estimated budget totaling more than $200 million, “No Time to Die” will need the support of the U.S. and international markets to prove successful and make a profit. Universal is handling international distribution of the film, and MGM and EON served as producers.