Despite the hybrid release, “Dune” draws nicely on the big screen – Silicon Valley

Jake Coil Associated Press

New York — Dennis Villeneuve’s “Dune” debuted on its first weekend in North America with a $ 40.1 million ticket sale, and despite being able to stream at home, it’s a big-screen thunder sci-fi epic. It attracted many movie fans to watch. ..

Warner Bros. began producing Legendary Entertainment at the theater and HBO Max at the same time. When the studio first created its course for all 2021 releases for a pandemic, how the strategy affects “Dune” (one of the most anticipated sights of the year) is always the biggest. It was one of the question marks. Birneuve violently protested the decision.

“No matter what the Wall Street Diletant says, I strongly believe that the future of cinema will be a big screen,” Bill Neuve wrote in a long statement last December in a variety show.

Warner Bros. continues to do so and will return to its exclusive theatrical release next year. So far, the $ 165 million budget “Dune” surpasses the $ 31.7 debut of “Godzilla vs. Kong” in March, marking the best domestic opening of the studio’s hybrid release. Expectations for “Dune” remained between $ 30 million and nearly $ 35 million.

Jeff Goldblum, Warner Bros.’s Head of Distribution, said: First go to the theater. There is no doubt about it. “

Goldstein estimated that if the movie wasn’t streamed at the same time, it would make its debut with a box office increase of about 20%. (The studio didn’t release streaming figures.) Entering the weekend, the “Dunes”, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in early September, had already earned $ 130 million internationally. This weekend, it made its debut for $ 21.6 million in China, where Legendary and Wanda were in charge of distribution. Overall, Dune has added $ 47.4 million internationally, bringing the world’s cumulative total to $ 220.7 million.

“Dune” is the second big-screen attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic, following David Lynch’s much ridiculed 1984 version. Villeneuve’s “Dune” features only the first half of the book, starring Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and Javier Bardem. Legendary and Warner Bros. have not yet confirmed the sequel to “Dune,” which recorded a violent power shift on the desert planet Arakis, where a precious mineral called “spice” is harvested.

Movie fans give “Dune” an A-Cinema Score, and critics (83% in Rotten Tomatoes) praise Villeneuve’s movie opera sweeps and visual crafts. Especially on large screens, IMAX accounted for about $ 9 million in ticket sales.

Paul Delgarabedian, senior media analyst at data firm Comscore, said: “This should be a very encouraging sign for theater owners. The cinema’s appeal remains regardless of whether the content is available at home.”

Last week’s top movie, Universal Pictures’ horror sequel, “Halloween Kills,” was also screened on Peacock while streaming at home. “Halloween Kills” debuted at $ 50.4 million and then plummeted to $ 14.5 million in the second week to take second place. In two weeks, it made $ 73.1 million in domestic revenue.

Cary Joji Fukunaga’s James Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” starring Daniel Craig, came in third at $ 11.9 million in the third week. Around the world, the film has brought over $ 525 million. MGM, United Artists and Universal Pictures have announced a theater-only release of “No Time to Die”.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend was, not unexpectedly, “Ron’s Gone Wrong”. The unmarketed Disney animation release, produced by 20th Century Fox before Disney acquired the studio, started at just $ 7.3 million domestically and about the same amount abroad. But with good reviews and an “A” CinemaScore from the viewer, there is little competition with the family and the movie could be successful in the coming weeks. “Ron’s Gone Wrong” is about Ron (the voice of Zach Galifiniakis), a digital device that walks and talks with a junior high school student.

Another Chalamet movie “French Dispatch” also made a powerful debut. The Wes Anderson movie, released by Disney’s Searchlight Pictures, was shown in 52 theaters for $ 1.3 million. It gave the “French dispatch” the highest average per pandemic theater. Anderson’s ode to the New Yorker, a year behind due to the pandemic, will be held nationwide on Friday. The French Dispatch (a $ 25 million movie cast by the starry sky, including Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, etc.) isn’t a small indie, but the first week’s performance of the movie brings the arthouse to life. Gave it.

Frank Rodriguez, Head of Distribution at Searchlight Pictures, said in a statement:

Estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday at theaters in the US and Canada, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be announced on Monday.

  1. “Dune”, $ 40.1 million.
  2. “Halloween Kills”, $ 14.5 million.
  3. “007 / No Time to Die”, $ 11.9 million.
  4. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, $ 9.1 million.
  5. “Ron’s Gone Wrong”, $ 7.3 million.
  6. “The Addams Family 2”, $ 4.3 million.
  7. “The Last Duel”, $ 2.1 million.
  8. “Legend of Xiangqi and Tenring”, $ 2 million.
  9. “French dispatch”, $ 1.3 million.
  10. “Free Guy”, $ 258,000. Despite the hybrid release, “Dune” draws nicely on the big screen – Silicon Valley

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