Box Office: Dune Dominates Last Night in Soho, Antlers in Second Weekend

Halloween weekend is proving unfruitful for a pair of new horror movies, as “Dune” repeats its top performance at the domestic box office this weekend.

Both Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” and Scott Cooper’s “Antlers” were expected to bring in around $5 million in their opening weekends, leaving the No. 1 spot open for Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s fabled sci-fi novel.

“Dune” added another $5 million to its domestic haul on Friday, heading towards a sophomore weekend total of $15.5 million. The film, which stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya, also opened simultaneously on HBO Max. Legendary Entertainment, the main financial resource behind the film, greenlit a sequel on Tuesday. “Dune: Part 2” is scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 20, 2023 and is expected to have an exclusive theatrical run.

The projected 62% drop-off from “Dune’s” opening weekend is fairly solid, especially considering the film’s hybrid digital release. It is also the first Halloween weekend since COVID-19 restrictions have dramatically eased in North America, meaning that many people are likely taking this opportunity to trick-or-treat or hold holiday parties for the first time in two years.

Meanwhile, Focus Features’ “Last Night in Soho” is headed towards a muted opening of $4.3 million at 3,016 theaters.

“Last Night in Soho” stars Thomasin Mckenzie as an aspiring fashion designer who transports back in time to 1960s London and finds herself inhabiting the body of nightclub singer Sandie, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. The movie has received mostly positive reviews, gathering a 72% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Opening a slot beneath “Soho” is r’s “Antlers” is a thriller centering on a small town teacher (Keri Russell) and her police officer brother (Jesse Plemons) who discover that a student is keeping a supernatural creature in his house. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film drew a lukewarm response from critics and general audiences weren’t far behind — the horror film was assigned a “C+” rating by CinemaScore.

The Denis Villeneuve directed reboot of the Frank Herbert novel, which Warners and Legendary have already greenlit a theatrical windowed sequel for, had a solid week of $53.8M. Even though Godzilla vs. Kong debuted on a Wednesday, comparing that Legendary title’s first ten days to Dune, and the latter looks to be running ahead by 17% with some rivals predicting a possible $70M running total by EOD Sunday. Godzilla vs. Kong crossed $100M after 13 weekends. A reminder that these HBO Max theatrical day-and-date titles are on the service for the first 31 days, after which exhibition gets the title exclusively during its second month. Torrent Freak reports that Dune was the most pirated movie for the week ending Oct. 25.

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