Theater counts: Dune makes landfall in North America – The Numbers

October 21, 2021

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and rolling out in 36 international markets, Dune has finally reached domestic theaters. The feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel showcases an all-star ensemble cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Jason Momoa, among others. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, has a budget of $165m will open in an estimated 4,000 theaters, including IMAX locations and streaming via HBO Max. Dune has scored just over $116 million internationally.

Also new in wide release this week is the computer-animated science fiction comedy, Ron’s Gone Wrong. The movie starring Jack Dylan Grazer about a wonderful walking, talking, digitally-connected ’bot who sweeps the world and becomes every kid’s new best friend will launch in 3,560 locations. Last week’s box office winner, Halloween Kills adds 22 locations this week, bringing the count to 3,727 theaters. The latest Halloween-franchise film has scored just shy of $57 million in its first six days of release. Dropping from 4,407 locations to 3,807 this week, No Time to Die is still competitive at the box office, running neck and neck for daily top film against Halloween Kills over the past few days. Dune should eclipse both of them though.

New in limited release this week is the latest from Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch. The film features an array of top Hollywood talent and Anderson regulars, including Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jeffrey Wright, and is being released in 52 locations…

Looking ahead to next week we see the arrival of four wide releases. While none of them will likely have the expansive theater count of a Dune, or No Time to Die, there will be a plethora of genres to choose from. Arriving just in time for the Halloween weekend, the horror film Antlers, starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons will debut in an estimated 2,700 theaters. Also new next week is A Mouthful of Air, the latest drama from Sony Pictures. The film starring Amanda Seyfried and Finn Wittrock is set to launch in an estimated 800 locations. Lastly, the anime hit My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission and the psychological-thriller, Last Night in Soho hit theaters.

Note: Warner Bros. counts are estimates from Box Office Pro.

Movie Distributor Theaters Previous
Dune Warner Bros. 4,000 New
No Time to Die United Artists Releasing 3,807 4,407 -600
Halloween Kills Universal Pictures 3,727 3,705 +22
Ron’s Gone Wrong 20th Century Studios 3,560 New
Venom: Let There be Carnage Sony Pictures 3,513 4,013 -500
The Last Duel 20th Century Studios 3,065 3,065
The Addams Family 2 United Artists Releasing 2,907 3,607 -700
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Walt Disney 1,600 2,300 -700
Candyman Universal Pictures 786 1,012 -226
Dear Evan Hansen Universal Pictures 489 974 -585
Free Guy 20th Century Studios 380 915 -535
Jungle Cruise Walt Disney 145 235 -90
Mass Bleecker Street 59 37 +22
The French Dispatch Searchlight Pictures 52 New
I’m Your Man Bleecker Street 36 103 -67
The Eyes of Tammy Faye Searchlight Pictures 25 55 -30

Filed under: Theater Counts, James Bond, Halloween, My Hero Academia, Wes Anderson, Adrien Brody, Jesse Plemons, Keri Russell, Amanda Seyfried, Owen Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée Chalamet, Frank Herbert, Jack Dylan Grazer

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