Box Office: ‘Dune’ Tops Halloween With $15.5M; ‘Last Night in Soho’ Bombs

Box Office: ‘Dune’ Tops Halloween With $15.5M; ‘Last Night in Soho’ Bombs

Japanese anime movie ‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission’ was the sleeper hit of the ghoulish holiday, while ‘Halloween Kills’ stayed topical.

Denis Villeneueve’s Dune stayed at No. 1 in its second weekend as expected with $15.5 million from 4,125 theaters for a 10-day domestic total of $69.4 million for Legendary and Warner.

Dune fell 62 percent, a relatively solid hold considering Halloween distractions.

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 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.

James Bond No Time to Die followed at No. 3 in its third outing with $7.8 million for a domestic cume of $133.3 million and north of $600 million worldwide.

The headline of the weekend was overseas, where No Time to Die debuted in China to $28.2 million. Like Dune last weekend, the movie’s performance there is impacted by a major COVID-19 breakout that is resulting in lockdowns across numerous provinces, including in parts of Beijing.

In North America, supernatural Japanese anime My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission pulled off the biggest surprise of the weekend in opening to more than $6 million from only 1,600 locations to place No. 4. FUNimation is distributing the movie in the U.S. on behalf of Japan’s Toho.

Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage rounded out the top five with $5.8 million domestically as it headed for the $400 million mark globally, including $190.4 million domestically and $205.4 million overseas.

The big disappointment was Edgar Wright’s psychological horror film The Last Night in Soho. Despite strong buzz, it opened to $4.2 million from 3,016 theaters in the U.S. to come in No. 6. Tracking had suggested the critically acclaimed specialty film might approach $8 million (Wright had directed the cult movie, Baby Driver).

Wright’s movie stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anna Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith. The film also features the late Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp.

Searchlight Pictures used the same approach for Antlers, which hoped to parlay its supernatural themes into Halloween. The results were similar. Directed by Scott Cooper and released by Searchlight Pictures, the movie debuted to an estimated $4.2 million from 2,800 cinemas to tie with Last Night in Soho.

Overseas, Soho started off with $2.3 million and Antlers, $2.5 million.

Both Last Night in Soho and Antlers were delayed from their original 2020 releases due to the pandemic.

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch made major push in  second weekend, expanding from 52 locations to 788. The results were poor: Searchlight movie took in $2.8 million for a 10-day domestic total of $4.6 million.