‘Dune’ Outmaneuvers Halloween Box Office Sand Trap

With Halloween falling on a Sunday, the domestic box office saw Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi reboot Dune generate $15.5 million in estimated ticket sales across a sluggish weekend. The tally upped director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s same-titled 1965 novel to $69.4 million in 10 days across North American screens, and $250 million worldwide.

The movie is streaming concurrently for free to HBO Max subscribers in the U.S. Warner and Legendary have already greenlighted a sequel for 2023.

Among new releases, Funimation’s My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission saw led the small field with $6.5 million in ticket sales across 1,600 screens — underscoring the company’s ongoing success bringing anime content to the big screen. The result topped competitors Last Night in Soho (Focus Features) and Searchlight Pictures’ Antlers with $4.2 million in revenue, respectively. The latter’s Wes Anderson release, The Last Dispatch, generated $2.8 million in revenue across 788 screens.

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Among theatrical returnees, Halloween Kills predictably topped all horror films, generating $8.5 million in North American revenue, and upping its domestic gross to $85 million and $115 million worldwide.

MGM’s latest James Bond movie No Time to Die generated $7.8 million in revenue across its fourth North American weekend, upping the total to $133 million, $539 million globally. Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage added $5.75 million, to up its five-weekend domestic tally to $190 million; $360 million worldwide.

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