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No Time To Die Soars Past $500M Worldwide As Venom 2 Leaps Above $350M & Dune Beats Sunday Estimates

Updated Oct. 25th, 2:28pm with updated totals for Dune.

This weekend was another big one at the box office, as several key milestones were crossed by big franchises.

The top movie internationally was Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, which ended up even higher than Sunday estimates, making $48.6M. Its biggest market was China, where it debuted to $21.9M, right in line with Free Guy‘s $23M start there in late August, which was the last Hollywood movie to be released there. Dune has already topped the TOTAL China grosses of Blade Runner 2049 ($11.7M) and Arrival ($15.9M), Denis Villeneuve’s previous highs there. Dune also grabbed more than Sunday estimates domestically, earning $41M (more on that here), bringing its global total to $223.2M so far.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage made another $38.3M overseas this weekend, taking its international total to $170.6M. The Tom Hardy sequel also made another $9.1M domestic, where it now has $181.8M after 24 days. Add that up and you get a robust $352.4M total before it has opened in much of the world (including China, where the first one made a massive $269.2M). Expect this one to continue gobbling up cash for a while.

In big milestone news, Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as Bond has officially passed half a billion dollars worldwide, making Craig Bond flicks 5 for 5 on that front.

No Time To Die brought in $11.9M domestically this weekend, its third frame stateside. The current $120M U.S./Canada total is below what many hoped for, but considering how this franchise leans older and the strong constant competition this month, it’s not a disaster by any means. Especially when you consider the fantastic overseas performance.

Bond made another $33.1M overseas this weekend, helping it to reach $405.6M internationally and $525.4M worldwide. That makes No Time To Die the second Hollywood movie to pass $500M in all of 2020 and 2021, behind only F9, which grossed $716.6M this summer. It’s in the top five this year for any movie, behind F9 and three Chinese flicks.

One of those Chinese films is The Battle At Lake Changjin, which actually topped Dune in China this weekend when it made another $32.2M (its fourth weekend), bringing its total to $830M so far. The other two are Hi, Mom, which made $822M, and Detective Chinatown 3, which grossed $686.3M. Yes these are massive grosses, and prove once again just how successful Chinese home grown movies can be. The battle At Lake Changjin may make a play at the record for the most money earned in a single territory. That record is currently held by the $936.7M Star Wars: The Force Awakens made domestically back in late 2015/early 2016.

It’s going to be exciting to see how high these movies can go from here.

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