“Kung Fu Panda 4” (Common) and “Dune: Half Two” (Warner Bros.) got here in an in depth #1-#2 this weekend, with the DreamWorks Animation title edging out Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi adaptation by slightly below $1 million ($30 million to $29.1 million). The 2 movies, of their second and third weekends respectively, are positioned to exceed their most optimistic pre-release projections.

Going in opposition to final 12 months’s pattern of disappointing franchise outcomes, the 2 sequels made up about two thirds of the weekend’s $90 million complete. With little assist from different new releases, this fell simply in need of final 12 months’s $92 million. It decreased the 12 months’s deficit to 9 p.c.

“Dune” joined WB’s “Wonka” because the second movie to cross the home $200 million complete since final July. By subsequent weekend, it can surpass that movie’s $218 million gross.

How excessive might it go? Pre-release, probably the most optimistic hopes have been maybe $250 million — $150 million greater than the primary “Dune,” which confronted late-impact Covid points and same-day HBO Max play. It ought to simply surpass that; its 37 p.c fall this weekend suggests a prolonged run forward. It might attain $300 million home; worldwide, it’s simply shy of $500 million.

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26: Actors Robert Downey Jr. (L) and Jeremy Renner onstage at Marvel's Hall H Panel for "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center at  on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

At greatest, “Panda” was anticipated to hit $175 million. With weeks of spring trip time forward (various by area) and no different household movies, $200 million is feasible.

Preliminary response to those two sequels is encouraging with “Ghostbuster: Frozen Empire” (Sony) this week and “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” (WB) the following. In fact, that’s no assure both will replicate this success.

Timothée Chalamet has achieved one thing that no actor has achieved in a very long time. With “Wonka” and “Dune 2,” he has the lead the the highest two home grossing movies over the past eight months.

That’s, to place it mildly, uncommon. Checking again, we will’t discover anybody who can declare that (as a lead in a live-action movie, versus ensemble Marvel casts) to perform that since John Travolta did it for “Saturday Evening Fever” and “Grease” within the late Seventies.

Even with caveats (for “Dune” specifically he’s half of a bigger forged, in opposition to restricted competitors), that’s a formidable achievement. Film stars who ship field workplace are in brief provide.

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Mark Wahlberg was the large draw for “Arthur the King” (Lionsgate) a family-friendly canine race story that took the bronze this week. At $7.5 million, it fell a bit in need of its modest hopes. With an A Cinemascore and a reported $19 million price range, this ought to be one other modest success for the distributor even when it doesn’t add a lot to theaters’ backside line.

“Love Lies Bleeding” (A24) led three minor newcomers to the Prime 10. The second-week growth for Kristin Stewart’s feminine bodybuilder noir took sixth place with slightly below $2.5 million in 1,362 theaters.

“One Life” (Bleecker Road), with Anthony Hopkins as a real-life London dealer who saved hundred of Jewish youngsters throughout World Warfare II, positioned eighth with $1.7 million in 983 theaters. The Sundance-premiered satire “The American Society of Magical Negroes” (Focus), not helped by mediocre evaluations, was #9 with $1.25 million in 1,147 theaters.

Most Oscar-winning movies have been obtainable this weekend, however they grossed a mixed lower than $1 million as many did nicely on dwelling platforms. “Oppenheimer” (Common) was greatest with $301,000, however its per-theater common was $443.

The second weekend of “Cabrini” (Angel) from the director of “Sound of Freedom” did not repeat the early movie’s sleeper success, regardless of its A Cinemascore. It fell 61 p.c to fifth place with $2.8 million.

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“Ryuichi Sakamoto: Opus” Janus Movies

Finest amongst new specialised releases was “Exhuma” (Nicely Go USA) from Korea, with $65,500 in three theaters. It widens subsequent week. Two New York single theater debuts confirmed promise. “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Opus” (Janus) grossed $11,193, whereas the revival of Claude Sautet’s gangster traditional “Classe Tous Risques” (Rialto) did $9,500.

A24’s “Problemista” continued its sluggish growth with $235,000 in 61 theaters and $690,000 to this point.

The Prime 10

1. Kung Fu Panda 4 (Common) NEW – Week 2; Final weekend #1

$30,000,000 (-48%) in 4,067 (+32) theaters; PTA (per theater common): $7,376; Cumulative: $107,740,000

2 Dune: Half Two (Warner Bros.) Week 3; Final weekend #2

$29,100,000 (-37%) in 3,847 (-227) theaters; PTA: $7,564; Cumulative: $205,318,000

3. Arthur the King (Lionsgate) NEW – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 55; Est. price range: $19 million

$7,500,000 in 2,960 theaters; PTA: $2,498; Cumulative: $7,500,000

4. Imaginary (Lionsgate) Week 2; Final weekend #3

$5,600,000 (-44%) in 3,118 (no change) theaters; PTA: $1,796; Cumulative: $19,082,000

5. Cabrini (Angel) Week 2; Final weekend #4

$2,814,000 (-61%) in 2,850 (+10) theaters; PTA: $987; Cumulative: $13,003,000

6. Love Lies Bleeding (A24) Week 2; Final weekend #21

$2,486,000 (+1,549%) in 1,362 (+1,357) theaters; PTA: $1,825; Cumulative: $2,762,000

7. Bob Marley: One Love (Paramount) Week 5; Final weekend #5

$2,300,000 (-44%) in 2,272 (-492) theaters; PTA: $1,012; Cumulative: $93,365,000

8. One Life (Bleecker Road) NEW – Metacritic: 69

$1,709,000 in 983 theaters; PTA: $1,736; Cumulative: $1,709,000

9. The American Society of Magical Negroes (Focus) NEW – Metacritic: 54

$1,250,000 in 1,147 theaters; PTA: $1,090; Cumulative: $1,250,000

10. Abnormal Angels (Lionsgate) Week 3; Final weekend #3

$1,000,000 (-50%) in 1,753 (-570) theaters; PTA: $569; Cumulative: $18,073,000

Different specialised and award-contending titles

Movies (restricted, expansions of restricted, in addition to awards-oriented releases) are listed by week in launch, beginning with these opened this week; after the primary three weeks, solely movies with grosses over $5,000 are listed. Metacritic scores and preliminary movie festivals recorded.

Exhuma (WellGo USA) NEW

$65,500 in 3 theaters; PTA: $21,833

Snack Shack (Republic) NEW – Metacritic: 64

$300,000 in 437 theaters; PTA: $686

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Opus (Janus) NEW – Metacritic: 94; Festivals embrace: Venice, New York 2023

$11,293 in 1 theater; PTA: $11,293

Remembering Gene Wilder (Kino Lorber) NEW – Festivals embrace: Newport Seaside 2023

$3,007 in 1 theater; PTA: $3,007

Classe Tous Risques (Rialto) REISSUE

$9,500 in 1 theater; PTA: $9,500

YOLO (Sony) Week 2

$305,000 in 200 (no change) theaters; PTA: $1,525; Cumulative: $1,505,000

Unintended Texan (Roadside Sights) Week 2 134

$42,485 in theaters; PTA: $386; Cumulative: $246,438

Problemista (A24) Week 3

$234,928 in 61 (+41) theaters; PTA: $3,729; Cumulative: $690,934

Excellent Days (Neon) Week 5; additionally on VOD

$144,226 in 44 (-197) theaters; Cumulative: $3,020,000

The Style of Issues (IFC) Week 5

$51,019 in 83 (-47) theaters; Cumulative: $2,513,000

The Zone of Curiosity (A24) Week 15; additionally on PVOD 534

$127,311 in 212 (-322) theaters; Cumulative: $8,377,000

Poor Issues (Searchlight) Week 14; additionally on PVOD and Hulu

$221,000 in 840 (+140) theaters; Cumulative: $34,374,000

Oppenheimer (Common) Week 34; additionally on VOD and Peacock

$302,000 in 1,323 (+681) theaters; Cumulative: $329,700,000

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