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World Box Office October 25 – 31, 2021

Dune fended off competition from three new releases and current titles to stay on top on its second weekend.

Despite several horror movies showing in time for the Halloween weekend, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune got the biggest treat with $15.53 million. That increased the domestic earnings of Timothée Chalamet’s sci-fi spectacle to $69.4 million.

Warner Bros. recently announced Dune 2 to finish telling the remainder of novelist Frank Herbert’s story.

Halloween Kills prevailed over the two new horror flicks, Antlers and Last Night in Soho, to place second even after three weeks. Jamie Lee Curtis’ hit franchise as Laurie Strode scared up $8.5 million for a hefty $85.63 million total so far.

Daniel Craig’s No Time to Die also held up well on its fourth weekend with $7.82 million. The actor’s final take of Ian Fleming’s secret service agent, considered one of the most memorable James Bond incarnations, has now taken in $133.33 million in the United States and Canada.

In a surprise twist worthy of the best conventions of cinema, a Japanese anime superhero film, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, beat the other two new releases and grabbed the fourth spot.

The third installment based on Kohei Horikoshi’s hit My Hero Academia manga series and directed by Kenji Nagasaki, grabbed $6.4 million.

The animated feature, which depicts how Japan’s greatest heroes spread around the world to thwart a terrorist plot, is voiced by a cast that includes Luis Bermudez, Robbie Daymond, Tetsu Inada, Yuki Kaji, and Ryan Colt Levy.

Taking the fifth spot was Venom: Let There Be Carnage which drew $5.75 million. The Marvel Entertainment production is predicted to hit the $200 million milestone soon. With such revenues, Venom 2 is now the second biggest grossing film of 2021, following Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho and Scott Cooper’s Antlers opened dismally and ended up in sixth and seventh berths, respectively.

Locked in a close contest as this story is being written, the two movies may switch places in terms of ranking as the weekend earnings estimates are finalized. The two horror-thrillers may have lost part of the Halloween crowd since the holiday fell on a Sunday this year.

Last Night in Soho, a supernatural time travel tale starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith, and Terence Stamp, collected a meager $4.22 million.

Antlers, on the other hand, came close with $4.2 million. With Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, and Jeremy T. Thomas in the cast, Antlers chronicles how a school teacher and her cop brother suspect that a student is harboring a supernatural creature.

Ron’s Gone Wrong, an animated film voiced by Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Jack Dylan Grazer, continued to underperform with $3.8 million on its sophomore run.

Rounding out the top ten were, in order, The Addams Family 2 ($3.28 million) and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch ($2.76 million).

In the international box office race, No Time to Die reigned. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s well-received shot at the beloved franchise hit the $600 million global mark.

Daniel’s swan song as the iconic British secret operative bounced back to the top of the UK box office charts and is now the sixth all-time biggest earning movie in England, eclipsing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Titanic, Toy Story 3, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

In China alone, No Time to Die debuted at $28.2 million.

Dune and Venom 2 duked it out in a tight race. Both Tom Hardy’s return as Venom and Timothée’s first major blockbuster earned $21.4 million each.