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Licence to Kill (1989)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $33,197,509Details
International Box Office $121,500,000
Worldwide Box Office $154,697,509
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Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
77% - Certified Fresh
60% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$42,000,000
Domestic Releases: July 14th, 1989 (Wide) by MGM, released as License to Kill
Video Release: October 19th, 1999 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence and drug content. (Edited for re-rating.)
Franchise: James Bond
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Keywords: Secret Agent
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,122 $585,441 Sep 1, 1989 52
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,017 $3,410,486 Jul 28, 1989 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,079 $5,100,314 Jul 21, 1989 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,977 $8,774,776 Jul 14, 1989 3
Widest Opening Weekend 2,718 1,575 Jul 14, 1989 3


Desmond Llewelyn    Q
Frank McRae    Sharkey
Robert Brown    M
   James Bond
Carey Lowell    Pam Bouvier
Robert Davi    Franz Sanchez
Talisa Soto    Lupe Lamora
Everett McGill    Killifer
Benicio Del Toro    Dario
Caroline Bliss    Miss Moneypenny
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa    Kwanq
Carl Ciarfalio    Warehouse Guard
Anthony Zerbe    Milton Krest
David Hedison    Felix Leiter
Wayne Newton    Professor Joe Butcher
Branscombe Richmond    Barrelhead Bar Patron

Production and Technical Credits

Composer    Michael Kamen
Casting Director    Janet Hirshenson
Casting Director    Jane Jenkins
Special Effects    Neil Corbould
Screenwriter    Michael G. Wilson
Producer    Michael G. Wilson
Associate Producer    Barbara Broccoli
Producer    Albert R. Broccoli
Set Decorator    Michael Ford
Special Effects Supervisor    Chris Corbould

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1989/07/14 4 $8,774,776   1,575 $5,571   $8,774,776 3
1989/07/21 5 $5,100,314 -42% 1,587 $3,214   $18,134,933 10
1989/07/28 7 $3,410,486 -33% 1,508 $2,262   $24,275,616 17
1989/09/01 23 $585,441   526 $1,113   $33,197,509 52

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1989/07/14 4 $13,034,619   1,575 $8,276   $13,034,619 7
1989/07/21 5 $7,830,511 -40% 1,587 $4,934   $20,865,130 14