Denis Villeneuve’s big-budget sci-fi epic Dune surpassed industry expectations and took home $40.1 million at the domestic box office, marking the best start for a Warner Bros. pic boasting an HBO Max day-and-date title, per Deadline. Early esteems pegged the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel at around $30-35 million, but business dropped off just -22% on Saturday after a $13.7 million Friday haul.
Internationally, Dune collected $87.5 million to bring its worldwide total to an impressive $220.7 million. Considering the reported $300 million price tag, the pic has a lot of ground to cover. Although, the HBO Max release obviously shaved money off the weekend box office. The hope here is that word of mouth and a strong awards season propels Dune to over $100 million, but in the current box office landscape, who knows what’s going to happen?
Notably, 50% of Dune’s business came via IMAX, Dolby Cinema, PLF, D-box, and 3D. On IMAX, the epic scored $9 million from 404 screens in the U.S. Globally, that number jumps to $17.8 million.
Halloween Kills dropped -71% in its second weekend (typical for a horror film) for a $14.5 million haul. Altogether, the film has collected $73.1 million domestically and $90 million worldwide.
No Time to Die earned another $11.9 million (-50%) to bring its domestic total to $120 million after three weeks. Globally, Daniel Craig’s final go as 007 has amassed $525 million making it the second Hollywood title to cross the $500 million milestone after F9: The Fast Saga. Bond has quite a ways to go if it hopes to surpass Vin Diesel and Co.’s $716 million worldwide haul, much less Spectre’s $880 million take globally, but it’s still a terrific showing given the pandemic.
Similarly, Venom Let There Be Carnage neared the $200 million domestic mark and reached $350 million globally after another strong weekend.
Elsewhere, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch collected $1.3 million from 52 theaters — a robust $25K theater average — before it expands to 600 theaters in 60 markets next weekend. Disney/20th Century Studios/Locksmith’s animated adventure Ron’s Gone Wrong bombed with $7.3 million from 3,560 theaters.
1.) Dune (WB) 4,125 theaters Fri $17.5M/Sat $13.7M/Sun $8.9M/3-day $40.1M/Wk 1
2.) Halloween Kills (Uni) 3,727 (+2) theaters Fri $4.5M/Sat $6.2M/Sun $3.7M/3-day $14.5M (-71%)/Total $73.1M/Wk 2
3.) No Time to Die (UAR) 3,807 (-600) theaters Fri $3.58M/Sat $5.2M/Sun $3.1M/3-day $11.9M (-50%)/Total $120M/Wk 3
4.) Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony) 3,513 (-500) theaters Fri $2.45M/Sat $4.1M/Sun $2.5M/3-day $9.1M (-45%)/Total $181.8M/Wk 4
5.) Ron’s Gone Wrong (20th/Dis) 3,560 theaters, Fri $2.3M/Sat $3M/Sun $2M/3-day $7.3M/Wk 1
6.) Addams Family 2 (UAR) 2,907 (-700) theaters Fri $1.1M/Sat $2M/Sun $1.2M/3-day $4.3M (-39%)/Total $48.3M/Wk 4
7.) The Last Duel (20th/Dis) 3,065 theaters Fri $627K/Sat $864K/Sun $609K/3-day $2.1M (-55%)/Total $8.5M/Wk 2
8.) Shang-Chi (Dis) 1,600 (-700) theaters Fri $547K /Sat $936K/Sun $517K/3-day $2M (-39%)/Total $221M/Wk 8
9.) The French Dispatch (Sea) 52 theaters Fri $555K/Sat $452K/Sun $293K/3-day $1.3M/Wk 1
10.) Met Opera: Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Fathom) /Sat $610K/3-day $610K/Wk 1