During the 2nd weekend, “Dune” beat “Last Night in Soho”, “Antlers”
“Halloween Kills,” in its third weekend, placed second with $ 8.5 million. The penultimate film in this modern trilogy has now grossed $ 115.1 million worldwide.
Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” opened in sixth place. Airing on 3,016 screens, the elegant thriller distributed by Focus has grossed approximately $ 4.2 million. Thomasin McKenzie stars as a modern fashion student who dreams of the aspiring Anya Taylor-Joy singer in the 1960s more and more realistically at night.
“There are few greater champions of the theatrical experience than Edgar and we couldn’t be prouder that he made Focus his home,” said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Casting President.
Scott Cooper’s “Antlers,” about a mythical beast terrorizing a devastated Oregon town, also won an estimated $ 4.2 million in 2,800 locations. The horror distributed by Searchlight stars Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons.
“Obviously we were hoping for a little more, but we faced off against ‘Last Night in Soho’, another really good genre film,” said Frank Rodriguez, Head of Casting for Searchlight. “Maybe they canceled each other.”
But he’s optimistic for the future as next weekend’s big releases include Princess Diana’s movie “Spencer” and the Marvel epic “Eternals,” and “Antlers” has a different audience.
One of the brightest moments of the weekend was “The French Dispatch,” also distributed by Searchlight, which grew after limited debuts and grossed $ 2.8 million from just 788 total locations. In 10 days of release, he made $ 4.6 million.
“We’re still thrilled with that,” Rodriguez said. “It’s amazing to see arthouse theaters that haven’t seen acts like this for 18 months finally starting to see people come out… We’re helping open the doors to art theaters and test. “
Although the weekend was muted, October turned into the top-grossing month of the year, with total revenue estimated at around $ 625 million. The previous record came in July with $ 583.8 million.
“October has turned into a successful month due to the unusual nature of the pandemic. So many great films have been moved to October,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “He’s passed July. It never happens.”
Things are not quite back to “normal” yet. For comparison, total gross revenue before the October 2019 pandemic was around $ 781.6 million and in 2018 was $ 830.8 million. But, Dergarabedian said the strong October 2021 box office created momentum that is expected to continue through the end of the year.
“This sets up the last three months of the year that are more like summer than summer in 2021,” he added. “Audiences follow the film no matter what month it is in. Films define the month – the month does not define the films.”
Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.
1. “Dune”, $ 15.5 million.
2. “Halloween Kills”, $ 8.5 million.
3. “No Time to Die”, $ 7.8 million.
4. “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission”, $ 6.4 million.
5. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, $ 5.8 million.
6. “Wood”, $ 4.2 million.
7. “The Last Night in Soho”, $ 4.2 million.
8. “Ron was wrong”, $ 3.8 million.
9. “The Addams Family 2”, $ 3.3 million.
10. “La Dépêche française”, $ 2.8 million.
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