Jake Coyle | Associated Press
NEW YORK – Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” debuted with $ 40.1 million in ticket sales on its first weekend in North America, gathering large moviegoers to see the high-profile sci-fi epic on the big screen, despite the fact that she also available for viewing at home. …
Warner Bros. launched production on Legendary Entertainment simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. When the studio first charted this course for all of its 2021 releases due to the pandemic, how this strategy would affect Dune – one of the most anticipated spectacles of the year – has always been one of the biggest questions. Villeneuve strongly protested against this decision.
“I firmly believe that the future of cinema will be with the big screen, no matter what Wall Street dilettantes say,” Villeneuve wrote in a lengthy statement to Variety last December.
Warner Bros. still state that they will return for exclusive theatrical releases next year. So far, Dune, with a budget of $ 165 million, is the best domestic discovery for any of the studio’s hybrid releases, surpassing Godzilla vs. Kong’s $ 31.7 debut in March. Expectations from Dune were close to $ 30-35 million.
“This has been an amazing result as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Jeff Goldstein, director of distribution for Warner Bros. “Once we get out of the pandemic, if we have a movie like this, you will undoubtedly want to go to the theaters first. It’s out of the question “.
Goldstein calculated that the film would have debuted about 20% more at the box office if it hadn’t been aired at the same time. (The studio did not release streaming data.) By the weekend, Dune, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in early September, had already grossed $ 130 million worldwide. It debuted this weekend with $ 21.6 million in China, where Legendary and Wanda were distributing. Overall, Dune added $ 47.4 million internationally, with total gross revenues of $ 220.7 million.
Dune is the second attempt on the big screen to adapt Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic, following on from David Lynch’s much-ridiculed 1984 version. Villeneuve’s Dune, adapted only for the first half of the book, stars Timothy Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and Javier Bardem. Legendary and Warner Bros. have not yet confirmed the sequel to “Dune”, which tells about the violent change of power on the desert planet of Arrakis, where a valuable mineral called “spice” is mined.
Moviegoers gave Dune an A-CinemaScore, and critics (83% on Rotten Tomatoes) praised Villeneuve’s operatic scope and visual prowess. It performed especially well on widescreen screens: about $ 9 million was sold on IMAX.
“I think Warner’s strategy has proven that moviegoers, in general, choose cinema when given the choice – especially for these films,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore news company. “This should be a very encouraging sign for theater owners. The charm of the cinema remains whether the content is available at home or not. “
Last week’s flagship movie, the sequel to the horror horror series Halloween Murders, also got a good start during its home broadcast on Peacock. After debuting with $ 50.4 million, Halloween Kills plummeted in its second week at $ 14.5 million, placing it in second place. In two weeks, he raised $ 73.1 million domestically.
No Time to Die, Carey Fukunagi’s James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, came in third with $ 11.9 million in its third week. The film grossed over $ 525 million worldwide. MGM, United Artists and Universal Pictures have scheduled a theater-only release of No Time to Die.
The biggest disappointment of the weekend, though not unexpected, was “Ron was wrong.” Produced by 20th Century Fox before Disney acquired the studio, this under-selling Disney animated film started at a modest $ 7.3 million domestically and roughly the same internationally. But with good reviews and a CinemaScore “A” from viewers, the film could do well in the coming weeks with a small family competition. “Ron’s Gone Wrong” is a high school student and his walking, talking digital device Ron (voiced by Zach Galifiniakis).
Chalamet’s other film, The French Dispatch, also made a strong debut. Wes Anderson’s film, released by Disney’s Searchlight Pictures, went to 52 theaters for $ 1.3 million. This gave The French Dispatch the best theater pandemic average. Anderson’s Ode to New Yorker, which has been delayed by a year due to the pandemic, opens nationwide on Friday. While French Dispatch is a $ 25 million film featuring a star-studded cast including Francis McDormand, Bill Murray, Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, and more, is no small indie, the film’s first week brought up the arthouses.
In a statement, Searchlight Pictures director Frank Rodriguez said: “These numbers show that in a year and a half, art house and independent theaters have their own superhero in the person of Wes Anderson.”
Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final internal data will be released on Monday.
- Dune – $ 40.1 million
- Halloween Kills, $ 14.5 million.
- No Time to Die, $ 11.9 million.
- Venom: Let There Be Carnage, $ 9.1 million.
- Ron Was Wrong, $ 7.3 million.
- The Addams Family 2, $ 4.3 million.
- “The Last Duel” – $ 2.1 million.
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, $ 2 million.
- French Mail – $ 1.3 million.
- Free Guy – $ 258,000.