With its four-star cast, Denis Villeneuve’s film is a hit in theaters across the Atlantic.
“Dune”, the adaptation of the great classic of science fiction literature by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, grabbed the top spot at the North American box office this weekend for its launch, according to provisional estimates by the firm Specialized Exhibitor Relations published Sunday.
The film, with an underlying environmental theme, raised $ 40.1 million between Friday and Sunday, even as its release took place simultaneously on big screens and on the streaming platform HBO Max.
With its poster featuring the constellation of stars such as Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya and Jason Momoa, this adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel tells the story of the powerful Atreides family who find themselves assigned to the management of ‘a planet where the “spice” is produced, a mysterious substance essential for interstellar travel.
Released several weeks ago in other countries, “Dune” has grossed $ 180 million in the rest of the world, and Denis Villeuve, director of science fiction films like “Blade Runner 2049” and “Premier Contact”, hopes to be able to transform the saga into diptych.
Michael Myers back
First last week, “Halloween Kills” ranks this weekend in a distant second place with $ 14.5 million in revenue (73.1 million in two weeks).
The horror film, sequel to “Halloween” of 2018, once again stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode opposite the horrific Michael Myers played by Nick Castle.
The last James Bond, “Die can wait”, is in third place with $ 11.9 million. The latest installment with Daniel Craig as 007 continues to fall in the charts for its third week of operation (120 million in all).
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” is fourth with 9.1 million. Tom Hardy plays investigative journalist Eddie Brock, whose symbiotic bond with an alien called Venom gives him superpowers.
In fifth place, the new entrant “Ron Unblocks” recorded $ 7.3 million in revenue. This animated film tells the story of a schoolboy and his robot Ron, whose bugs are at the origin of adventures for the duo.
Here is the rest of the Top 10:
6. “The Addams Family 2” ($ 4.3 million)
7. “The Last Duel” (2.1 million)
8. “Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings” (2 million)
9. «The French Dispatch» (1,3 million)
10. «Free Guy» (258.000 dollars)