Box Office: Dune claims top spot in a massive opening weekend


• This weekend the Australian box office made $12.83 million

This weekend the Australian box office made $12.83 million, down 7% from last week’s $13.85 million.

Claiming the top spot on debut is Dune. It’s the first of a two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert of the same name, with the current film covering the events of first half of the book.

Set in the future, it follows Paul Atreides as his family, the House Atreides, is thrown into a war for the desert planet Arrakis. 

Also entering the top five is the latest Disney film, Encanto. Set in the mountains of Colombia, the film features original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Dropping out of the top five this week is Eternals and A Boy Called Christmas.

#1, Dune, $4.83 million

Starring names like Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, and Stellan Skarsgård, Dune debuted to the top spot and averaged a huge $9,198 across 525 screens. 

#2, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, $2.48 million

Last week’s number one, Venom: Let There Be Carnage has now made a total of $10.83 million in its second week. This week it averaged $4,813 across 515 screens.

#3, No Time to Die, $1.87 million

The twenty-fifth film in the James Bond series, and the fifth and final appearance of Daniel Craig as the iconic spy averaged $4,610 across 405 screens this week. In four weeks the film has pulled in a whopping total of $29.5 million.

#4, Encanto, $1.16 million

In the latest Disney film, the magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift – every child except Mirabel. On debut, Encanto averaged $3,547 over 326 screens.

#5, The Boss Baby: Family Business $515,546

Starring Alec Baldwin, the sequel to 2017’s The Boss Baby averaged $1,945 across 265 screens in its second weekend.

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