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‘Dune’ loses spice but stays atop North America box office

/ 10:23 AM November 01, 2021
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“Dune.” Image: AFP/Warner Bros. France

Sci-fi thriller “Dune” saw its ticket sales drop in its second weekend out but still held its lead in the North American box office, with an estimated take of $15.5 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

The Warner Bros. version of the classic Frank Herbert opus lost 62% from its debut weekend, a sizable drop but less so than suffered by other recent big releases, as many fans opted to take in the visually spectacular Denis Villeneuve film on big Imax screens.

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Starring Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac, “Dune” follows a family in the distant future fighting for survival on a desert planet plagued by monstrous sandworms but also a valuable resource called spice. Globally, the film is nearing $300 million in ticket sales.

The Halloween weekend is typically slow for moviegoing, as people opt for costume parties and trick-or-treating, but Universal’s well-timed horror flick “Halloween Kills” retained second place, taking in $8.5 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.

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The follow-on to 2018’s “Halloween,” it again stars Jamie Lee Curtis as the avenging Laurie Strode.

Sticking in third was United Artists’ James Bond installment “No Time to Die,” at $7.8 million. Daniel Craig stars as suave spy 007, for the last time, the studio says.

In what analysts deemed the weekend’s biggest surprise, fourth place went to a Japanese anime movie, “My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission,” at $6.4 million. The Funimation film is a sequel to “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising.”

And in fifth was Sony’s superhero movie “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” at $5.8 million. Tom Hardy plays a journalist whose symbiotic link to an alien gives him superpowers.

Rounding out the top 10 are:

“Antlers” ($4.2 million)

“Last Night in Soho” ($4.2 million)

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“Ron’s Gone Wrong” ($3.8 million)

“The Addams Family 2” ($3.3 million)

“The French Dispatch” ($2.8 million)
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