Legendary/Warner Bros expected Dune to continue leading over the weekend’s box office, predicting that the film would likely have a -62% decline, bringing in only $15.5M after having only made $5M on Friday from 4,125 theaters for a 10-day domestic total of $69.4 million for Legendary and Warner Bros. Deadline reports that the decline was somewhat expected as historically a Halloween weekend with the holiday falling on Saturday or Sunday has kept audiences away.
Overseas, Dune took in $21.4 million from 75 markets, including a so-so $33 million in China, for a foreign tally of $227.7 million and $292.1 million worldwide.
Halloween Kills clearly benefited from its namesake holiday. The Universal, Miramax and Blumhouse installment held at No. 2 domestically in its third weekend with $8.5 million from 3,616 locations for an impressive domestic tally of $85.6 million and $115.1 million worldwide.
Add that in with the already lower expectations because of the pandemic and the fact that Dune was released simultaneously on HBO Max and Torrent Freak has reported that Dune was the most pirated movie for the previous week. The main reason why the film is remaining number one is there isn’t any big name competition for it with the Edgar Wright fantasy thriller Last Night in Soho expected to make $4.3M and Searchlight’s Antlers estimated at $4.1M.
Both are in somewhat limited release, 3,000 and 2,800 theaters respectively, leaving the sci-fi epic to continue on top.