“Dune: Half Two” and its A-list solid jump-started moviegoing in North America after a dismal begin to the yr.

The science-fiction sequel offered an estimated $81.5 million in tickets in the USA and Canada from Thursday night time to Sunday, the most important opening for a Hollywood movie since “Barbie” in July. (Taylor Swift’s live performance documentary arrived to $93 million in October.) “Dune: Half Two,” directed by Denis Villeneuve, collected a further $97 million abroad. IMAX screenings have been particularly robust.

Legendary Leisure and Warner Bros. spent $190 million to supply “Dune: Half Two,” not together with a megawatt advertising marketing campaign that discovered Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, Austin Butler, Anya-Taylor Pleasure, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Florence Pugh trotting crimson carpets in Mexico Metropolis, London and New York.

The film had initially been scheduled for November, however Legendary pushed again the discharge date due to the actors’ strike: With out the buzzy younger solid selling the film — Zendaya’s bottom-baring robot suit on the London premiere arrived on the web as a sonic growth — Legendary feared that “Half Two” wouldn’t prove audiences in sufficiently big numbers to warrant the excessive finances. Sci-fi followers have been more likely to come a method or one other. However Legendary additionally wanted to promote the movie’s extra delicate story — a boy changing into a person, a man falling in love — which might be tougher with out solid interviews.

“It was a tricky determination as a result of I knew shifting the film out of the autumn was going to trigger a variety of ache for exhibition,” mentioned Josh Grode, Legendary’s chief govt, utilizing Hollywood jargon for theaters. “However when you will have a solid like this one, you employ it.”

“We’re actually, actually blissful,” Mr. Grode added.

Ticket gross sales in North America had been down 20 % this yr in contrast with the identical interval final yr. “Dune: Half Two” narrowed the decline to 13 %. Theaters have struggled partly as a result of studios haven’t launched a gradual move of movies; moviegoing begets moviegoing, analysts say, with trailers enjoying earlier than titles on one weekend serving to to fill seats the subsequent. Marquees can be much less sparse in March. “Kung Fu Panda 4,” “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” and Legendary’s “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” and all anticipated to be hits.

Second place for the weekend went to “Bob Marley: One Love” (Paramount), with about $7.4 million in ticket gross sales, lifting its three-week home whole to $82.8 million. The religion-based drama “Abnormal Angels” (Lionsgate) collected $3.9 million, for a two-week whole of $12.6 million.

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