Box Office – Dune tops ladder but numbers not epic

The heady days of US-Oz day and date dances have stopped and local Box Office is pretty quiet.
Muscly actor in Dune marches forward in a rage

None of the more recent tentpole movies have come close to No Time to Die, the most mature but not the most financially enticing of Barbara Broccoli’s rolling tide of Bond successes. $31.6 million in five Covidian weeks tops the 2021 Australian box office, way ahead of Shang-Chi on $17.3 million. 

In its second week Dune is on top of the ladder, with $2.77 million for the weekend off its 443 screens. But it dropped 43%, while it lost around one in seven screens. The total is $9.22 million, against a US total of $140 million over seven weeks. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.