BOX OFFICE: “Dune” opens big, but not huge, “Bond” drops, “Halloween” takes a DIVE

The latest reboot of “Dune” opened to enthusiastic reviews, some less enthusiastic than others. And its first weekend it hit a healthy but underwhelming $40.1 million at the box office.

Yes, it’s long. And yes, it is sci fi and yes, there are characters in capes and cool costumes in exotic off-world settings.

But this didn’t come close to Marvel or Bond or even “Halloween Kills” numbers.

The Timothee Chalamet fanbase isn’t a sci fi crowd. The sci fi crowd, when it did show up, went with IMAX theaters. That upscale ticket represented nearly 20% of the weekend’s take.

Halloween Kills” got murdered on its second weekend, a precipitous “Tyler Perry Plunge” of over 70% this weekend, to $14 million. It’ll clear $100. Eventually. But nobody was happy with that mess.

The final Daniel Craig outing as James Bond “No Time to Die” cleared the $500 million mark worldwide this week, but barely fell short of $12 million on its third weekend out in North America.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is heading towards $200 million domestic, with another $9 million in tickets sold this weekend.

“Addams Family 2” will clear the $50 million mark by next weekend, another $4.2 this weekend.

Figures courtesy of @ExhibitorRelations.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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