Is Halloween Kills Box Office Success a Good Sign for Dune?
The slasher film had no trouble defeating James Bond pic 'No Time to Die,' while Ridley Scott's historical epic 'The Last Duel' bombed in its debut with $4.8 million domestically.
Halloween Kills, made by Universal in concert with Miramax and Blumhouse, is a follow-up to Green’s smash 2018 Halloween reboot, which opened to a record-breaking $76.2 million on its way to earning north of $250 million worldwide.
The new generation of films see Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their signature roles as Laurie Strode and the menacing monster Michael Myers.
Green’s R-rated slasher pic earned $50.4 million from 3,705 theaters in North America. Halloween Kills also launched Friday on Universal’s sister streaming service, Peacock.
While Halloween Kills being available on streaming likely hurt its box office opening—the 2018 Halloween opened at $76.2 million—it still didn’t prevent Halloween Kills from overperforming or breaking pandemic records.
So could Dune also break the HBO Max release curse and perform beyond expectations… and even become the first WB/HBO Max hybrid release to gross more than Godzilla vs. Kong’s $31.6 million way back in March?
The performance will no doubt please advocates of drastically shortening or collapsing the exclusive theatrical window.