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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune continues to dominate American box office in second weekend

Denis Villeneuve's Dune continues to dominate American box office in second weekend

Timothee Chalamet starrer Dune has once again made to the top list, suppressing the performance of a few Halloween releases like Last Night in Soho and Antlers. According to a report in Variety, both Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho and Scott Cooper’s Antlers had a muted debuts, leaving the No.1 spot open for Denis Villeneuve’s film.

According to Deadline, Edgar Wright’s fantasy thriller made $4.3 million with its release in 3016 theaters and Searchlight’s Antlers with its release in 2800 venues collected an estimated $4.1 million.

On the other hand, Dune added another $5 million in it’s domestic haul on Friday in North America, heading towards a weekend total of $15.5 million. The film starring Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya had a simultaneous release on HBO Max on October 21. Earlier, it was decided that the film will hit the American screens on Ocotber 21, while it will stream on HBO Max from October 22.

Though the film was available in America in October, the film was already available in 14 international markets since September 17. The film had garnered as much as $37.9 million in its opening weekend and has collected over $120 million since then. These numbers are from even before the film was released in traditionally larger regions like the US, UK and China.

Given the success of the film despite already being available on the HBO Max app has also resulted in the makers announcing a sequel to the film. Earlier this week, Legendary Entertainment, the main financial resource behind the film announced a sequel to the film, titled Dune: Part 2. They even claimed that the sequel will hit the screens on October 20, 2023, assuring that it will have an exclusive theatrical run.

Dune is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 novel, which follows the story of Paul Atreides, a gifted young prince forced to travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the survival of his people. The film is universally lauded for its grand scale and visual effects. However, it was criticised for its abrupt ending, with most reviewers suggesting that a sequel is necessary.

Though, the film remains on the top list, a drop-off of 62% was witnessed in the second weekend, mostly due to the film’s hybrid digital release.

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