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Dune Repeats in First Place as it’s a Repeat of 1, 2, 3

Dune

This weekend box office looked a lot like the previous weekend as the top three films all repeated in the same place. Dune took the top spot with an estimated $15.5 million. Even with a steep 62.1% drop from the previous weekend, the film still easily won the weekend. After two weeks, the movie has grossed $69.4 million domestically. Internationally, the film added about $46.4 million over the week to bring that to an even $227 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $296.4 million after two weeks.

In second place was Halloween Kills which grossed an estimated $8.5 million, a 41.2% drop from the previous week. The film has now grossed $85.6 million after three weeks. Over the week, the film grossed about $11.6 million internationally to bring that total to $29.5 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $115.1 million.

No Time to Die held on to third place dipping 35.9% from the previous week and grossing $7.8 million. It has now earned $133.3 million domestically. Internationally, the film has grossed $66.8 million over the week to bring that total to $472.4 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $605.8 million.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission came in fourth place in its debut week. The film grossed an estimated $6.4 million in its first week. Internationally, the film grossed $29,387,202 to bring its worldwide gross to $35.8 million.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage round out the top five. The film grossed $5.8 million domestically to bring that total to $190.4 million. Internationally, the film grossed $34.8 million over the week to bring its total to $205.4 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $395.8 million.

In comic films…

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings grossed an estimated $1.1 million to bring its domestic total to $222.8 million. The film also grossed about $4.2 million at the international box office where it now stands out $200.8 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $423.6 million. The film currently stands at #7 for the year, about $44 million behind Godzilla vs. Kong.

Black Widow looks like it has ended its domestic run. Domestically, the film has grossed a little under $183.7 million. The international total has gained a little and stands at $196 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $379.6 million.

Old looks like its run has completely ended. Domestically, the film has grossed $48.2 million. Internationally, the film stood at $41.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $90.1 million.

The Suicide Squad remained steady during the week. Domestically, the film has grossed $55.8 million. The film has also earned $111.6 million internationally. Worldwide, the film has grossed $167.4 million.

Initial numbers have 43 films earning $64,461,210 from 34,678 theaters. That’s a massive dip from last weekend’s 45 films which earned $95,923,101 from 29,995 theaters. The average earning was $1,858.85 this past weekend, a big drop from the previous weekend’s $3,197.97.

Dune Takes The Weekend Box Office

Dune

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but Dune was the top of the weekend box office with an estimated $40.1 million. The film’s debut is a mixed one with some praising the amount and others saying it fell short of expectations. The x-factor is of course how well the film also did on HBO Max where it debuted simultaneously. Internationally, the film earned $180.6 million to bring the grand worldwide total to $220.7 million after one week. The result is a headscratcher as to what it means for the film’s sequel.

Halloween Kills dipped to second place dropping a whopping 70.7%. The film eared an estimated $14.5 million to bring its domestic total to $73.1 million. Internationally, the film earned about $12.3 million over the week to bring that total to $17.8 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $90.9 million after two weeks.

No Time to Die dropped to third place adding $11.9 million to its domestic total. That now stands at $120 million. Over the week, the film grossed $57.3 million internationally to bring that total to $405.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $525.7 million.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage came in fourth place earning an estimated $9.1 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $181.8 million. Internationally, the film grossed $55 million over the week to lift that total to $170.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $352.4 million.

Rounding out the top five was Ron’s Gone Wrong which earned $7.3 million in its first weekend. The animated film also grossed $10 million to bring its worldwide total to $17.3 million.

In comic films…

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings grossed an estimated $2 million to bring its domestic total to $2221 million. The film also grossed about $400,000 at the international box office where it now stands out $196.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $417.6 million. The film currently stands at #7 for the year and not likely to climb much higher as #6 is held by No Time to Die.

Black Widow looks like it has ended its domestic run. Domestically, the film has grossed a little under $183.7 million. The international total has moved adding about $200,00 million over the week where it now stands at $195.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $379.6 million.

Old looks like its run has completely ended. Domestically, the film has grossed $48.2 million. Internationally, the film stood at $41.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $90.1 million.

The Suicide Squad remained steady during the week. Domestically, the film has grossed $55.8 million. The film has also earned $111.6 million internationally. Worldwide, the film has grossed $167.4 million.

Initial numbers have 45 films earning $95,923,101 from 29,995 theaters. That’s a dip from last weekend’s 46 films which earned $108,902,605 from 27,598 theaters. It also ends the string of weekends where the box office grossed over $100 million. The average earning was $3,197.97 this past weekend, a drop from the previous weekend’s $3,946.03.

Movie Review: Halloween Kills betrays its characters in the franchise’s dumbest entry

David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween was a masterful take on the small but heavily storied world of Michael Meyers and Laurie Strode. It succeeded in not being another babysitter murder flick where horny teenagers get the knife as the sadistic masked killer goes from house to house. Instead, it turned the main survivor of the 1978 John Carpenter original movie, played by Jaime Lee Curtis, into a hardened and battle-ready warrior that weaponized her trauma while also training her daughter to also be able to defend herself.

Halloween Kills
Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills takes all of that and throws it out the window without much to offer in return, other than a dumb violent movie burdened with messy metaphors and unnecessary lore alterations. Sure, Michael Meyers kills, and some of the kills are satisfying to watch, but what ultimately gets butchered in the process is the core Strode family struggle the first movie worked so hard to establish.

In what’s the second movie in a trilogy that was originally meant to be a two-parter, Halloween Kills picks up moments after the ending of the previous movie to see Michael Meyers surviving the fire at the Strode house. Laurie, daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) drive off thinking Meyers is a pile of ash underneath the rubble they left behind, but little do they know that The Shape is alive and well, and royally pissed off to boot. Chaos ensues.

In an interesting turn on expectations, Halloween Kills takes Easter eggs to a new level by making characters from the original film take on larger roles in this one, shifting the focus from Laurie’s fight against the Boogieman and onto how Haddonfield itself figures into Michael Meyers’ plans (which the movie very lazily tries to reveal through exposition dumps, in addition to trying to convince audiences on the silly idea that the killer has a masterplan of sorts). In fact, it’s what lies at the heart of the movie. The Boogieman isn’t just someone’s problem. It’s everyone’s.

Halloween Kills
Halloween Kills

Things start to get very shaky here as the expansion of the mythos seems inconsequential and sidelines Laurie and her family’s story in favor of half-baked messages and forced alterations to formula. For instance, it turns out that Michael (intentionally?) exposes Haddonfield as the real monster as its people take arms to dole out justice by themselves in a spectacularly dumb show of mob rule that tries very hard to evoke images of the January 6th Capitol Riots, resulting in the tragic death of an innocent man in the film.

One character actually blurts out the movie’s message at one point, observing that the unruly mob has basically become Haddonfield’s real killer (an issue that is “fixed” by creating a smaller, more focused mob, it seems). What’s worse is that all the time spent setting the angry mob up is time taken away from doing anything meaningful with what the previous movie brought to the table.

On the killing side of things, the movie fulfills the promise of its title, but it does so at the cost of turning Meyers into another kind of slasher that shares more with Friday the 13th’s Jason rather than the one we all know and love by now. Not that there’s anything wrong with experimentation, but implementation is key for these variations on character to succeed. Halloween Kills does not approach this aspect convincingly.

Michael is at his most sadistic in this installment, but his signature ‘slow and intimate’ killing style feels too out of character. There is only one kill scene in which we get a glimpse of that behind-the-scenes sadism Meyers usually indulges in out of camera in previous entries, in which the victim gets several knives stuck to his back for no other reason other than to show how much violence truly drives the character’s identity.

Halloween Kills
Halloween Kills

Remember, this is the same killer that beheaded a cop in the previous film and turned the head into a grizzly Jack-o-Lantern, lighted candle included. We never see him carve the cop’s face in the style of a Jack-o-Lantern, but we know he likes to get creative with his kills. Halloween Kills’ focus on fast, action-heavy kill sequences rob him of that creativity.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel sacrifices too much of everything for an uninspired and clunky sequel. Its most tragic casualty is Laurie’s story, which never reaches anything worth writing about other than clichés and stunted character development. It’s a shame. I had hopes for this new trilogy. All I was left thinking of was that everything should’ve been left wrapped up in 2018. Unfortunately, we still have one more movie to go.

Halloween Kills Cuts Up the Box Office Coming in First

Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills took the top of the box office for the weekend with an estimated $50.4 million. That’s a pretty solid opening for the film which also opened on Peacock and during COVID. The relaunched franchise’s first film opened with $76.2 million in 2018 and went on to earn $159.3 million domestically and $96.3 million internationally.

Internationally, the film didn’t hold up as well earning just $5.5 million. That slashes a decent $55.9 million worldwide for the first weekend of the film. With mixed reviews, it’ll be interesting to see what legs the film has at the box office.

No Time to Die dipped to second place dropping just 56% to earn an estimated $24.3 million. The film has now earned $99.5 million in two weeks domestically. Over the week, the film earned about $91 million at the international box office. There it has now earned $348.3 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $447.8 million.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage dipped another 48% coming in third and earning an estimated $16.5 million. The film has now grossed $168.1 million after three weeks. The film has picked up a bit internationally. Over the week, it earned about $71.7 million to bring that total to $115.6 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $283.7 million.

The Addams Family 2 slipped one spot coming in fourth. The film dropped just 28.9% and earned an estimated $7.2 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $42.3 million. Internationally, the film grossed about $11.6 million over the week to bring that total to $16.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $58.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was The Last Duel which debuted with $4.8 million. The film also grossed $4.2 million at the international box office bringing its global debut to a bit over $9 million.

In comic films…

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings dropped out of the top five to come in at #6 for the weekend. The film grossed an estimated $3.5 million to bring its domestic total to $218.1 million. The film also grossed about $7.1 million at the international box office where it now stands out $196.2 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $414.3 million. The film currently stands at #7 for the year and not likely to climb much higher as #6 is held by No Time to Die with a $33 million gap between the two.

Black Widow earned a bit domestically over the week. Domestically, the film has grossed a little under $183.7 million. The international total has moved adding about $200,00 million over the week where it now stands at $195.7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $379.4 million.

Old added an estimated $40,000. Domestically, the film has grossed $48.2 million. Internationally, the film stood at $41.9 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed a little over $90.1 million.

The Suicide Squad didn’t show up on the weekend chart and looks like it remained steady during the week. Domestically, the film has grossed $55.8 million. The film has also earned $111.6 million internationally. Worldwide, the film has grossed $167.4 million.

Initial numbers have 46 films earning $108,902,605 from 27,598 theaters. That’s about the same as last weekend’s 47 films which earned $108,802,855 from 28,506 theaters. It’s also another weekend in a row the box office has grossed over $100 million. The average earning was $3,946.03 this past weekend, an improvement over the previous weekend’s $3,816.84.

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