In holdover news, Dune earned $7.62 million (-51%) in its third weekend, bringing its domestic total to $83.95 million in 17 days. That’s a halfway decent hold, considering Eternals took most of its IMAX
The film earned another $11 million overseas, bringing its overseas total to $246.5 million and its global cume to $330 million worldwide (including $36 million in China) thus far. Presuming normal rates of descent, it’s looking like a final global cume of over/under $375 million. Under normal circumstances, that would be a whiff for a reportedly $165 million franchise-starter, in line with The Golden Compass ($373 million on a $180 million budget), Edge of Tomorrow ($371 million/$178 million) and even Mad Max: Fury Road ($376 million/$155 million). But Legendary and WB have already green-lit a theatrical sequel for October 20, 2023. I’m old enough to remember when Tron: Legacy and Alita: Battle Angel earned just over $400 million on respective $170 million budgets and called it a day. Dune part Two will be put-up or shut-up time for those arguing Dune part One would have earned much more absent the pandemic-specific variables.
MGM and Universal’s No Time to Die earned $6.2 million (20%) in weekend five, bringing its domestic cume up to $143.15 million. The film arrives on PVOD this Tuesday, par for the course for a Comcast
Meanwhile, Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage earned another $4.465 million (-22%) holding great against Eternals and bringing its cume to $197 million. It’ll pass $200 million domestic sometime next week, with two out of three “pandemic-era” $200 million earners (alongside Shang-Chi and Bad Boys For Life) belonging to Sony. Spider-Man: No Way Home will be the third, so we’ll see if anything else (Encanto, Sing 2, Matrix 4, etc.) can join the club. The $110 million-budgeted sequel has now earned $227.6 million overseas and $425 million worldwide without a penny from China. The surprisingly good animated Ron’s Gone Wrong (a fine kid-friendly riff on how social media has replaced rather than supplemented conventional human-to-human relationships) earned $3.6 million (-4%) in weekend three for a $17.577 million 17-day domestic (and $47 million worldwide) total. It’s a commercial flop for sure, but I’m glad it’s somewhat sticking around.
Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch earned $ $2.6 million (-3%) in its third weekend, including its second weekend of wide release. The acclaimed and buzzy flick has earned $8.47 million domestic (and $17 million worldwide). With a hold like that, even adding 417 theaters, it may at least reach the $17-$24 million likes of Rushmore and The Life Aquatic *if* it ends up in the Oscar race. It was never going to pull worldwide grosses on par with The Grand Budapest Hotel ($172 million), not in 2021. Even sans-Covid, global earnings on par with Moonrise Kingdom ($68 million) or The Royal Tenenbaums ($72 million) would be a miracle. Halloween Kills dropped like a rock after Halloween. The slasher sequel earned $2.35 million (-73%) for an $89.715 million domestic and $119 million worldwide cume. It’s not making it to $100 million domestic, but it’s still an unmitigated smash hit.
Alas, last week’s newbies all dive-bombed. Antlers will earn $2 million (-53%) for a miserable $7.6 million ten-day cume. Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho will earn $1.8 million (-57%) for a tragic $7.7 million ten-day total. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission grossed $1.66 million (-76%) in weekend two. Still, Funimation is more than fine with an $8.8 million ten-day cume for this anime import. MGM’s The Addams Family 2 has now earned a good-enough $55 million domestic (after a $1.44 million sixth-weekend) and $89 million worldwide. That’s along with whatever it has earned on PVOD. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will earn $502,000 (-53%) in weekend ten for a $223.7 million domestic and $418 million global cume. Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel has earned $10.5 million domestic and $23 million worldwide on a $100 million budget. Scott’s House of Gucci will have another chance to save grown-up cinema on Thanksgiving.