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Warner’s ‘Dune’ Poised for Sluggish Second Weekend Box Office Win

After a month of $40 million+ domestic weekend box office movie openings, the Halloween period through Oct. 31 suggests a slowdown of sorts — led by the second weekend screening of Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ Dune.

Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage opened the month with the studio’s first tentpole title release in the pandemic era to an impressive $90 million through Oct. 3. MGM’s latest James Bond actioner, No Time to Die, generated $55 million through Oct. 11, followed by Universal Pictures’ Halloween Kills with $49 million, and Dune at $41 million through Oct. 24.

Director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation Frank Herbert’s same-titled 1965 sci-fi novel is projected to generate another $18.4 million in ticket sales, ahead of Focus Features’ new release Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, among others, with a projected $8.3 million in revenue.

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Dune again streams for free to HBO Max subscribers for the movie’s first month of release.

Funimation’s My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is projected to open with $8 million in ticket sales, followed by Disney/Searchlight’s horror pic, Antlers, starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons, at $3.6 million, and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch with $3.1 million.

Former chart toppers No Time to Die ($8.1 million), Halloween Kills ($7.8 million), Venom: Let There Be Carnage ($6 million), The Addams Family 2 ($3.2 million), along with 20th Century Studios’ Ron’s Gone Wrong ($4 million), round out the weekend.

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