After a record start, October cash register this weekend quietly ended with “Dune” repeating itself in first place and two distinguished genre newcomers, “Last Night in Soho” and “Antlers” stumbling.
But it is a consequence Halloween on Sunday, too many new options or simply a lack of enthusiasm, movie viewers seemed to have other plans this weekend. Important exceptions are the latest “My Hero Academia” and Wes Anderson’s new painting “The French Dispatch”.
First place still went to Timothée Chalamet’s larger budget and wider film. In his second weekend in theaters, “Dune,” which is also available on HBO Max, grossed an additional $ 15.5 million on Sunday. Although 62% lower than his debut, ticket sales were enough to keep him at the top of the North American charts for another week.
With a production budget of $ 165 million (excluding marketing and promotion), Dune has now earned $ 69.4 million in North America and $ 292.1 million worldwide. Warner Bros. and Legendary last week confirmed plans to continue the sequel, which is set to open exclusively in cinemas in 2023.
“Halloween Kills” came in second with $ 8.5 million in its third weekend. The penultimate film in this modern trilogy has now grossed $ 115.1 million worldwide.
Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho,” meanwhile, opened in sixth place. The elegant thriller, distributed by Focus, is shown on 3,016 screens and is estimated to have earned $ 4.2 million. Thomasin McKenzie plays the role of a modern fashion student who dreams at night of an increasingly realistic dream about budding singer Anye Taylor-Joy from the 1960s.
“There are few major champions of theatrical experience than Edgar and we can’t be more proud that Focus has become his home,” said Lisa Bunnell, Focus distribution president.
Scott Cooper’s “Horns,” about a mythical beast terrorizing a devastated city in Oregon, also earned about $ 4.2 million at 2,800 locations. Horror stars distributed by Searchlight, Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons.
“Obviously we were hoping for something more, but we competed with‘ Last Night in Soho ’, another very good genre film,” said Frank Rodriguez, head of Searchlight distribution. “Maybe they vanished.”
However, he is optimistic as it comes next weekend’s grand releases of Princess Diana’s films “Spencer” and Marvel’s epic “Eternal,” and “Antlers” has a different audience.
One of the brighter spots of the weekend was “The French Dispatch,” also distributed by Searchlight, which expanded after a limited debut and earned $ 2.8 million from just 788 shared locations. He earned $ 4.6 million in 10 days of the issue.
“We’re still excited about it,” Rodriguez said. “It’s amazing to see art house theaters that haven’t seen such numbers in 18 months are finally starting to see people coming out … We’re helping to open the doors to art houses and specialized theaters.”
Although it was silenced over the weekend, October became the month with the highest profitability of the year with total revenues expected to reach about $ 625 million. The previous high reached July at $ 583.8 million.
“October has become a month of blockbusters due to the unusual nature of the pandemic. So many big films have moved to October,” Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for Comscore, said. “He surpassed July. That never happens.”
Things are not quite “normal” yet. By comparison, total revenue before the October 2019 pandemic was about $ 781.6 million, and in 2018, $ 830.8 million. But Dergarabedian said the strong cash register in October 2021 created a momentum that is expected to continue through the end of the year.
“This sets the last three months of the year more similar to summer than the summer of 2021,” he added. “Audiences watch the film, no matter what month it’s in. Movies determine the month – the month doesn’t define the films.”
Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, Comscore reports. The final domestic data will be released on Monday.
1. “Dune,” $ 15.5 million.
2. “Halloween Kills,” $ 8.5 million.
3. “No Time To Die,” $ 7.8 million.
4. “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, ”$ 6.4 million.
5. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” $ 5.8 million.
6. “Horns,” $ 4.2 million.
7. “Last Night in Soho,” $ 4.2 million.
8. “Ron Wrong Wrong,” $ 3.8 million.
9. “The Addams Family 2,” $ 3.3 million.
10. “French Dispatch,” $ 2.8 million.