Halloween weekend is proving unfruitful for a pair of new horror movies, as “Dune” is repeating its top performance at the domestic box office this weekend.
Both Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” and Scott Cooper’s “Antlers” were expected to bring in around $5 million in their opening weekends, leaving the No. 1 spot open for Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s fabled sci-fi novel.
“Dune” added another $5 million to its domestic haul on Friday, heading towards a sophomore weekend total of $15.5 million. The film, which stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya, also opened simultaneously on HBO Max. Legendary Entertainment, the main financial resource behind the film, greenlit a sequel on Tuesday. “Dune: Part 2” is scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 20, 2023 and is expected to have an exclusive theatrical run.
Meanwhile, Focus Features’ “Last Night in Soho” is headed towards a muted opening of $4.3 million.
“Last Night in Soho” stars Thomasin Mckenzie as an aspiring fashion designer who transports back in time to 1960s London and finds herself inhabiting the body of nightclub singer Sandie, played by Anya Taylor-Joy. The movie has received mostly positive reviews, gathering a 72% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Scott Cooper’s “Antlers,” meanwhile, is a thriller centering on a small town teacher (Keri Russell) and her police officer brother (Jesse Plemons) who discover that a student is keeping a supernatural creature in his house. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film drew a lukewarm response from critics and general audiences weren’t far behind — the horror film was assigned a “C+” rating by CinemaScore.
More to come…