The home box office was lighter on the treats and heavier on tricks over the Halloween weekend, closing an otherwise busy October in the cinema with a subdued tone.
The horror films “Antlers” and “Last Night in Soho” opened nationwide and struggled to scare off strong ticket sales, leaving last weekend’s champion “Dune” to rule the box office again. It’s the first time since COVID-19 that people could safely celebrate the eerie holiday, so it’s understandable that the audience chose to trick-or-treat or go to costumed parties instead of visiting their local multiplex.
“Dune,” the big-screen film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s influential sci-fi novel, generated $ 15.5 million in its second weekend of release, bringing its total domestic to $ 69.4 million. The film, which opened simultaneously on HBO Max, dropped 62% from its debut, which is a significantly better team than other Warner Bros. glasses, such as “Mortal Kombat”, “The Suicide Squad” and “Space Jam: A New Legacy” . These movies almost collapsed in their second weekend, dropping about 70%, respectively, while playing day-and-date on streaming. For “Dune”, most of the marketing has hung on the idea that fans should see the film in the best possible quality, which means that it requires to be seen in cinemas. Borrowers have responded to the feeling as evidenced by robust Imax ticket sales. The premium format has provided $ 4.2 million in revenue between Friday and Sunday and $ 17 million of “Dunes” total domestic numbers.
Globally, “Dune” is approaching $ 300 million, with international cash receipts of $ 222 million. Warner Bros. and Legendary, the companies behind “Dune”, have already announced that director Denis Villeneuve – and stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya – will return to Arrakis for a sequel.
The Focus Features movie “Last Night in Soho” and Searchlight’s “Antlers” will fight for sixth place, with each movie cashing in a lukewarm $ 4.2 million over the weekend. These figures may vary slightly when the final figures are set on Monday. Either way, it’s a slightly enviable place for new nationwide releases. “Last Night in Soho” had a slightly larger theater number and played in 3,016 venues compared to “Antlers” at 2,800 venues.
Directed by Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”, “Shaun of the Dead”), the mostly acclaimed “Last Night in Soho” follows a hopeful fashion designer who finds himself transported back in time to 1960s London in one night crop. club singer. Starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy, the film secured a “B +” CinemaScore from ticket buyers. “Antlers” got worse grades. Produced by “The Shape of Water” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and with Keri Russell as a small town school teacher trying to uncover a dangerous secret about one of his students, “Antlers” missed the target with cinemagoers and landed “C +” CinemaScore , which does not bode well for its theatrical prospects.
David A. Gross, who runs the film consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research, says the “soft” opening weekends for “Last Night in Soho” and “Antlers” are not entirely confusing.
“Psychological horror movies generally do less business than the blood-gore-shock variant,” he said. “At the end of October is the scary season, but where the holidays fall on the weekends, Halloween activities [and] social events are in conflict with film travel. “
Still, in a surprising twist, “Last Night in Soho” and “Antlers” behind “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission” opened, the third contribution in the popular anime series. From Funimation Films, the PG-13 movie has grossed $ 6.4 million from 1,602 screens over the weekend, enough for a fourth-place finish. “World Heroes’ Mission” is the sequel to 2020’s “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising”, which was launched for $ 5.8 million just before the pandemic hit and ended its theatrical run with $ 13.3 million. The film’s box office potential was cut short because two weeks after “Heroes Rising” opened, cinemas across the country were forced to close to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The latest edition has been well received, with 80% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and 95% on Rotten Tomatoes from the audience.
Despite the beginners in cinemas, cinephiles longing for a scare chose to see Jamie Lee Curtis return as the avenging Laurie Strode in “Halloween Kills.” The Universal Pictures movie finished second this weekend with $ 8.5 million from 3,616 theaters. After three weekends on the big screen, “Halloween Kills” has earned $ 85.6 million in the United States and Canada. This is a solid result considering that the slasher sequel premiered simultaneously on Peacock, the streaming service owned by NBCUniversal.
In third place, MGM’s James Bond film “No Time to Die” drummed up $ 7.8 million from 3,507 venues. So far, the 007 adventure – with Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as the smart secret agent – has earned $ 133 million in North America. Internationally, “No Time to Die” has generated $ 472 million, pushing its global ticket sales to $ 600 million, a solid figure for pandemic times.
In No. 5 spot, Sony’s comic book adventure “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” grossed $ 5.7 million from 3,278 theaters in its fifth installment. With $ 190 million in domestic ticket sales to date, the “Venom” sequel is the second highest-grossing film of the year behind Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” ($ 221 million).
Elsewhere at the domestic box office, Wes Anderson’s two-drama “The French Dispatch” expanded to 788 venues, with the star-studded film grossing $ 2.8 million over the weekend. Domestically, it has earned $ 4.6 million after 10 days of release.
See the weekend’s estimated ticket sales below:
- “Dune” – $ 15.5 million
- “Halloween Kills” – $ 8.5 million
- “No Time to Die” – $ 7.8 million
- “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission” – $ 6.4 million
- “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” – $ 5.7 million
- “Last Night in Soho” – $ 4.2 million
- “Antlers” – $ 4.2 million