‘Dune’ ends strong month for theaters with strong opening


By Frank Pallotta, CNN Business

“Dune” – the science fiction epic of Warner Bros. – grossed around $ 40.1 million at the North American box office this weekend.

The total exceeded expectations which had grossed the film around $ 30 million. It was also the biggest opening for Warner Bros. this year and ended a solid month for the film industry.

The film, which has a star-studded cast led by Timothée Chalamet, is based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, and fans of the book showed up for the new adaptation this weekend.

The opening numbers are also noteworthy as many of those fans could have stayed home and watched “Dune” on HBO Max, the streaming service of CNN’s parent company, WarnerMedia. The film was available simultaneously in theaters and on the streaming platform this weekend.

“Dune” has also found audiences worldwide, so far reaching $ 220 million worldwide.

Far from the success of the film itself, “Dune” helped theaters end the month on a high note.

There was a lot of attention in October as it was the first month of the pandemic era which had a big movie opening every week. And those great movies led the way with “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” and “Halloween Kills” exceeding expectations. James Bond’s latest film ‘No Time to Die’ also opened this month with great fanfare, but received a rather disappointing reception compared to Bond films of the past.

Yet for films like “Dune” to have respectable screenings this month, it was important to the overall health of the film industry, which is still trying to get back on its feet as the coronavirus pandemic is still in progress. Classes.

“Although there is a weekend left, ‘Dune’ crowns a historically symbolic October as the pandemic box office recovery continues,” Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com, told CNN Business. “Four consecutive weekends of over $ 40 million openings provided the stability and observable trends that the film industry has sought so far in other brief bright periods throughout the year. “

Robbins added that “challenges remain” but “the big picture provides significant encouragement as the holiday season approaches and into 2022”.

Now, the industry is looking to end 2021 with some big hitters on the lineup, including “Eternals,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” coming up next month and “West Side Story,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “The Matrix Resurrections” coming in December.

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