Based on the estimated box office numbers this past weekend, potential audiences were more inclined to say “trick or treat” rather than “one ticket, please.” For the second weekend in a row, “Dune” topped all releases, but the Denis Villeneuve blockbuster dipped 62 percent to an estimated $15.5 million. That puts the “Dune” total domestic number at just $69.4 million, meaning it might struggle to top $100 million in North America when it reaches the end of its theatrical life. (Globally, “Dune” is hanging better, closing in on $300 million worldwide.)
But even without Halloween on the calendar, the drop was expected: “Dune” is also available on HBO Max, and day-and-date releases have often stumbled in the second weekend as a result of the broad availability. (“Dune” is also the top pirated title at the moment, owing to its streaming release.) Besides, while the box office isn’t ancillary to a massive production such as “Dune,” it’s also just one part of its overall success story: Warner Bros. and Legendary have already set a sequel for 2023 and the film is a favorite to potentially land double-digit Oscar nominations next year.
In the runner-up spot was, perhaps no surprise, “Halloween Kills” The horror sequel, which is also available to Peacock subscribers at home, earned an estimated $8.5 million to push its domestic total to $85.6 million. In third place was “No Time to Die,” which continues to chug along in North America, with an estimated $7.8 million for a domestic total of $133.3 million. Globally, “No Time to Die” has topped $600 million, making it one of the biggest releases of the pandemic around the world.
Two new releases, pushed wide despite their arthouse origins, failed to crack the top-five. In sixth place, Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” opened with $4.1 million despite a wide release. As noted by Deadline, its top theaters were in New York and Los Angeles, and it’s likely this project would have received a platform release before the pandemic. But with Focus Features potentially pushing “Last Night in Soho” to VOD providers within 17 days of its release, a slower rollout was likely not possible. In seventh, meanwhile, was Scott Cooper’s “Antlers,” also with $4.1 million. The horror film is a Searchlight release produced before the studio was acquired by Disney.
Another art house result of note: Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” added 736 theaters this weekend to push its estimated total gross to $4.6 million after two weeks.
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