After a record-breaking debut, October’s box office closed quietly this weekend, with “Dune” stumbling out to number one and two major genre newcomers, “Last Night in Soho” and “Antlers” stumbling and repeating. Was.
Whether it was due for Halloween on Sunday, too many new options or simply a lack of excitement, moviegoers had other plans for this weekend. Notable exceptions are the latest “My Hero Academia” and the new Wes Anderson picture “The French Dispatch”.
First place still went to the big-budget and wide-release Timothée Chalamet film. In its second weekend in theaters, “Dune,” which is also available on HBO Max, grossed an additional $15.5 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Although down 62% from its debut, ticket sales were enough to give it another week in the North American charts.
With a production budget of $165 million (not including marketing and promotion), “Dune” has now grossed $69.4 million in North America and vaccines globally. Warner Bros. and Legendary last week confirmed plans to go ahead with a sequel, which is expected to open exclusively in theaters in 2023.
“Halloween Kills” finished second on its third weekend with $8.5 million. The final film in this modern trilogy has now grossed $115.1 million globally.
Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho”, meanwhile, opened in sixth place. Running across 3,016 screens, the stylish thriller distributed by Focus earned an estimated $4.2 million. Thomasin Mackenzie stars as a modern fashion student who nightly dreams of aspiring singer Anya Taylor-Joy in the 1960s increasingly realistic.
“There are few bigger champions of the theatrical experience than Edgar and we can’t be more proud that he has made Focus his home,” said Lisa Bunnell, President of Focus’ Distribution.
Scott Cooper’s “Antlers,” about a mythical beast that terrorizes a terrifying Oregon town, also earned an estimated $4.2 million from 2,800 locations. The horror stars Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons, distributed by Searchlight.
One of the bright spots of the weekend was “The French Dispatch”, also distributed by Searchlight, which expanded after a limited debut and grossed $2.8 million from just 788 total locations.
Although the weekend was muted, October has become the highest-grossing month of the year, with total earnings expected to be around $625 million. The previous high water mark came in July with $583.8 million. For comparison, pre-pandemic total earnings were approximately $781.6 million in October 2019 and $830.8 million in 2018.
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