Monday, October 25, 2021

Weekend Box-Office: DUNE Exceeds Expectations and Opens With $40 Million

Weekend Box-Office: DUNE Exceeds Expectations and Opens With $40 Million

Denis Villeneuve's highly anticipated sci-fi epic "Dune" topped predictions and dominated the weekend box-office, while Wes Anderson's new film "The French Dispatch" scored an impressive limited release debut.

Read more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

Warner Bros' "Dune" opened with $40.1 million from 4,125 theaters, well ahead of the $30-35 million predictions, which is especially impressive since the film was also simultaneously released via HBO Max. Overseas the film grossed another $47.4 million, bringing its international cume to $180 million. China only delivered a $21 million debut.

With the film's budget estimated at $165 million (and millions more spent to market the film), time will tell if it makes enough money to warrant a sequel. Warner Bros previously stated that they will also consider HBO Max viewership in their decision to greenlight a sequel. It's also worth noting that "Dune" landed the biggest three-day tally for Warner Bros. since the company began its day-and-date strategy on HBO Max. WarnerMedia chair Ann Sarnoff said that "The story in itself sets up for a sequel. The production is so amazing and the storytelling is so compelling that it’s not going to be judged on box office alone."

The sequel "Halloween Kills" finished in second place with $14.5 million, a massive 70.7% drop from its opening weekend. The film is also available on the Peacock streaming platform. The horror film has raked in $73.1 million at the domestic box-office, and another $17.8 million overseas.

In third place we have the new James Bond movie "No Time to Die" with $11.9 million and a domestic total of $120 million after three weeks. Internationally it has grossed $405 million. The film has become the second film of the year to cross the $500 million mark worldwide alongside "F9: The Fast Saga". Also, "No Time to Die" finally landed a release date in China next weekend.

"Venom: Let There Be Carnage" landed in fourth with $9.1 million. The film's North American tally has reached $181.8 million, while overseas it has raked in $170.6 million.

The Top 5 is rounded out by 20th Century Studios' new animated film "Ron's Gone Wrong", which opened with a modest $7.3 million from 3,560 theaters.

Meanwhile, Wes Anderson's new film "The French Dispatch" managed an impressive debut in ninth place. The film grossed $1.3 million from just 52 theaters, and scored the highest per-screen average of 2021.

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Dune $40.1M $40.1M $180.6M $165M
2 Halloween Kills $14.5M $73.1M $17.8M $20M
3 No Time to Die $11.8M $120M $405.6M $250M
4 Venom: Let There Be Carnage $9.1M $181.8M $170.6M $110M
5 Ron's Gone Wrong $7.3M $7.3M $10M N/A
6 The Addams Family 2 $4.3M $48.3M $18.6M N/A
7 The Last Duel $2.1M $8.5M $9.2M $100M
8 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings $2M $221M $196.5M $200M
9 The French Dispatch $1.3M $1.3M N/A $25M
10 Honsla Rakh $0.4M $1.8M $0.4M N/A


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