Box Office: ‘Dune’ Spices Things Up With $40M Weekend, $220M Worldwide

  1. Dune (review)- $40M

After being available internationally for a couple of weeks, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune opened stateside with $40M. That gives the sci-fi epic a global haul of $220.7M. I don’t know quite what to make of these numbers. The domestic total certainly isn’t great, and was surely impacted by the simultaneous HBO Max release. But it’s also not the worst, snagging the best traditional opening weekend for Warner Bros. of the pandemic period. That said, these aren’t the figures one would expect to justify any sequels, right? But the film was labeled Part One, and Villeneuve has said it would take a lot for one not to happen. My gut tells me WB will move forward on it, knowing they might have something they can sell in perpetuity if a complete story is told.

2. Halloween Kills– $14.5M/$73.1M

Predictably, because horror movies always crash hard in week two, Halloween Kills fell 71% for $14.5M.  Still, the film has $90M worldwide on a $20M budget and that’s with it also available to Peacock subscribers. Not bad, even if it’s not going to match the $255M heights of its predecessor.

3. No Time to Die– $11.8M/$120M

Daniel Craig’s 007 finale now has $525M worldwide.

4. Venom: Let There Be Carnage– $9.1M/$181.8M

5. Ron’s Gone Wrong– $7.3M

Disneys’ 20th Century Studios released the animated sci-fi comedy Ron’s Gone Wrong to just $7.3M. The film was lightly promoted until the last couple of weeks, and may have been hurt by the presence of another animated family comedy, The Addams Family 2, which has the benefit of being a sequel to a popular brand. Reviews from audiences for the film were good, however, with it earning an ‘A’ Cinemascore and 81% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

6. The Addams Family 2– $4.3M/$48.3M

7. The Last Duel– $2.1M/$8.5M

Oscar buzz, an A-list cast, and the return of Ridley Scott to swords ‘n armor epics continues to do nothing for The Last Duel. The film only had $8.5M domestic and about double that worldwide after two weeks.

8. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings– $2M/$221M

9. The French Dispatch (review)- $1.3M

Ahead of its wide release next week, Wes Anderson’s journalistic tribute The French Dispatch opened in 52 locations for a $25K average and $1.3M overall. That’s a terrific start, reiterating just how devoted of a fan base the eccentric filmmaker has. Whether they’ll turn out in the numbers we saw for 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel remains to be seen. That film rode an awards season wave to $172M worldwide.

10. Honsla Rakh– $490K/$1.8M



Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.