Weekend Box Office Report: October 29 – October 31, 2021

The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

Weekend Actuals Update:

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Dune took in an estimated $15.53 million over Halloween weekend to remain in first place at the domestic box office. The Denis Villeneuve directed adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi novel did decline a sharp 62 percent from last weekend. While critical reviews and word of mouth among initial audiences have both been good for Dune, built-in front-loading, the Halloween holiday frame and the film also being available via streaming on HBO Max all took a toll on the film’s second weekend hold. A number of Warner’s higher profile day-and-date releases have experienced second weekend declines in the range of 57 to 73 percent, with Dune now also falling into that range. The ten-day total for Dune stands at $69.40 million. Dune continued to be helped out this weekend by its relatively strong performance on IMAX screens, as the film took in another $4.25 million from IMAX screens, which brings the film’s current domestic IMAX total to an estimated $17.04 million (which represents a significant 24.6 percent of the film’s overall domestic gross). Unfortunately for Dune, the film will be losing its IMAX screens next weekend to Disney’s anticipated Eternals. That will take a toll on next weekend’s hold for Dune, but the film will have a good chance of stabilizing after next weekend.

Internationally, Dune grossed an estimated $21.4 million this weekend from 75 markets. Through Sunday, respective estimated totals for Dune stand at $222.7 million internationally and $292.1 million globally. Estimated totals by market for Dune through Sunday include $33.0 million in China, $29.0 million in France, $21.0 million in Russia, $19.9 million in Germany, $18.1 million in the United Kingdom, $9.1 million in Spain, $8.4 million in Italy, $6.8 million in South Korea, $5.7 million in the Netherlands, $5.3 million in Taiwan, $4.9 million in Japan and $4.3 million in Denmark. Internationally, Dune has grossed an estimated $26.5 million from international IMAX screens, which places the film’s current global IMAX total at $43.5 million.

This past week Dune: Part Two was scheduled for release by Warner Bros. on October 20, 2023.

Universal’s Halloween Kills held steady in second place with an estimated $8.50 million. Thanks in part to Halloween weekend; Halloween Kills was able to stabilize this weekend by declining a solid 41 percent. The film’s Sunday Halloween performance (which is currently estimated at $2.46 million) is also a bit of a wild card until actuals are released on Monday. The 17-day total for Halloween Kills stands at $85.63 million. After this weekend, the film is likely to experience sharper declines once again. Internationally, Halloween Kills grossed an estimated $8.2 million this weekend from 63 markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for the film stand at $29.5 million internationally and $115.1 million globally. Estimated totals by market for Halloween Kills include $6.2 million in the United Kingdom, $3.0 million in Mexico, $2.8 million in Germany, $1.8 million in France, $1.4 million in Spain, $1.4 million in Italy, $1.3 million in Russia, $1.0 million in Brazil and $1.0 million in Australia.

United Artists Releasing and MGM’s No Time To Die grossed an estimated $7.82 million to remain in third place. No Time To Die also stabilized nicely this weekend by declining a very solid 36 percent. The 24-day total for No Time To Die stands at $133.33 million. That brings the current total gross to opening weekend ratio of the film to 2.41 to 1 and ranks No Time To Die as the sixth highest grossing film domestically since the re-opening of theatres. Internationally, No Time To Die grossed an estimated $51.9 million this weekend from 72 markets, thanks in part to the film receiving a boost from its $28.2 million opening weekend performance in China. This weekend also saw No Time To Die pass the $600 million global mark. Respective current totals for the film stand at $472.4 million internationally and $605.8 million globally. Additional international totals for No Time To Die through Sunday (in markets being handled by Universal) include $116.4 million in the United Kingdom, $62.0 million in Germany, $26.1 million in France, $20.4 million in Japan, $18.4 million in the Netherlands, $11.8 million in Russia and $9.8 million in (German-Speaking) Switzerland.

This weekend’s top new release was Funimation’s My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, which debuted in fourth place with an estimated $6.40 million. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission was playing in 1,602 locations this weekend, which gave the film a per-location average of $3,997 for the frame (that represented the highest per-location average of any film in the top ten this weekend). My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission was able to open just ahead of the $5.89 million opening weekend of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising back in late February of 2020, but it should also be noted that the opening weekend of Heroes Rising was deflated by that film opening on a Wednesday. The three-day opening of World Heroes’ Mission came in below the $9.29 million five-day start of Heroes RisingMy Hero Acamedia: World Heroes’ Mission delivered the third largest three-day opening weekend to date for distributor Funimation, behind only this year’s Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train and 2019’s Dragon Ball Super: BrolyMy Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission didn’t have the advantage of Thursday night preview shows, but the film still proved to be very front-loaded towards Friday nonetheless (with an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.22 to 1).

Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage was down one spot from last weekend to round out this weekend’s top five with an estimated $5.75 million. Venom: Let There Be Carnage declined 38 percent, as the film continued to further stabilize this weekend. With a 31-day domestic total of $190.44 million, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is now the second highest grossing film domestically since re-opening (behind only Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – which has grossed $222.81 million to date). Internationally, Venom: Let There Be Carnage grossed an estimated $21.4 million this weekend from 53 markets. That brings the film’s international total to $205.4 million and current global haul to $395.8 million. Estimated totals by market for Venom: Let There Be Carnage through Sunday include $31.2 million in Russia, $21.5 million in Mexico, $20.2 million in the United Kingdom, $16.8 million in South Korea, $10.1 million in Brazil, $9.4 million in France, $7.9 million in Spain, $7.4 million in Germany, $7.2 million in Italy, $4.9 million in Taiwan, $4.7 million in Saudi Arabia and $4.1 million in India.

Disney and Searchlight’s Antlers and Focus’ Last Night in Soho are currently tied in sixth place with each film being estimated at $4.16 million for the weekend. Through Saturday, Last Night in Soho had the slight lead between the two films with $3.24 million (in comparison to $3.16 million for Antlers), but Antlers had the better Saturday hold between the two films. With that in mind, in all likelihood the film that has the stronger Halloween day performance will come out ahead between the two for the weekend. Heading into the weekend, expectations for both horror films had been modest, but Last Night in Soho had been widely expected to perform a bit stronger than Antlers this weekend. Ultimately neither film looks to have been helped out much by the decision to open both films over Halloween weekend. On the average, critical reviews for the Edgar Wright directed Last Night in Soho have been good, but not great, while critical reviews for the Scott Cooper directed Antlers have been mixed (but more so positive than negative). Last Night in Soho looks to be going over better with audience than Antlers, as Last Night in Soho received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, while Antlers received an underwhelming C+ rating.

Internationally, Antlers grossed an estimated $2.5 million from 31 markets, while Last Night in Soho grossed an estimated $2.3 million from 19 markets (including $1.0 million from the United Kingdom). Respective global starts stand at $6.7 million for Antlers and at $6.5 million for Last Night in Soho.

Computer animated films Ron’s Gone Wrong and The Addams Family 2 claimed eighth and ninth place with respective estimated weekend grosses of $3.83 million and $3.28 million. Due in part to the Halloween holiday frame, United Artists Releasing and MGM’s The Addams Family 2 had the significantly better percentage hold between the two films, as The Addams Family 2 declined only 27 percent from last weekend, while Disney and 20th Century’s Ron’s Gone Wrong was down a sizable 48 percent. Respective total grosses stand at $52.86 million for The Addams Family 2 through 31 days and at $12.64 million for Ron’s Gone Wrong through ten days. Going forward, the well-received Ron’s Gone Wrong should begin to hold up significantly better (as long as the film is able to hold onto locations and showtimes).

Internationally, Ron’s Gone Wrong is faring a bit better than it is domestically, as the film grossed an estimated $6.5 million this weekend from 49 markets and has now grossed $20.7 million to date internationally (for a current global total of $33.3 million). Meanwhile, The Addams Family 2 grossed an estimated $6.4 million this weekend from 32 international markets being handled by Universal (not counting markets being handled by MGM), which brings the film’s international total from markets being handled by Universal to $34.2 million.

After last weekend’s strong platform start, Disney and Searchlight’s The French Dispatch wasn’t able to really keep up the momentum this weekend, as the Wes Anderson directed anthology film claimed tenth place with an estimated $2.76 million. While The French Dispatch was up 105 percent over last weekend, in playing in 788 locations this weekend, the film was playing in more than 15x as many locations as it did last weekend (52). The French Dispatch not having gone over quite as well with critics as Anderson’s films typically do, new fairly direct competition from Last Night in Soho, the Halloween holiday and the ongoing struggles of the theatrical specialty market all look to have limited potential for The French Dispatch this weekend. Still, with $4.64 million through ten days The French Dispatch remains one of 2021’s stronger specialty market performers thus far. The French Dispatch will receive another expansion this coming Friday. Internationally, The French Dispatch has grossed an estimated $7.3 million to date from just 16 markets (including $2.7 million in the United Kingdom and $1.1 million in France), for a current global total of $11.9 million.

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