Dune turns into Warner Bros. largest opening of the pandemic

Timothee Chalamet stars in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.

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The field workplace numbers are in for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Launched in US theaters on Oct. 21, the sci-fi epic scored a milestone opening field workplace of $40.1 million.

This makes Dune Warner Bros.’ largest three-day field workplace because it launched its simultaneous launch technique with HBO Max. It sails previous earlier file holder Godzilla vs. Kong’s $31 million opening on the finish of March.

Warner Bros. noticed barely much less respectable numbers with day-and-date releases within the months between. James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad was a notable disappointment in August with a $26.1 million opening weekend. House Jam: A New Legacy and Within the Heights additionally did not make a splash.

Dune fared effectively on the worldwide field workplace as effectively, accumulating one other $47 million. Its present complete gross globally is $220 million.

“I am smiling,” Warner Bros. president of home distribution Jeff Goldstein mentioned on Sunday morning (through Selection). “Exhibitors are thrilled. One of the best half is, followers are loving what they’re seeing. They’re loving the big-screen expertise. It has been a winner of a weekend for movie-lovers.”

Director Villeneuve had all the time supposed Dune to have two elements. However Half 2 hasn’t been greenlit, and Villeneuve expressed concern that the day-and-date HBO Max launch plan would hinder field workplace revenues and diminish justification for the sequel.

Dune price Warner Bros. (and Legendary Photos, which co-financed the movie) $165 million, and would doubtlessly price the studio one other $150 million for the sequel.

WarnerMedia chair Ann Sarnoff informed Selection that, “The story in itself units up for a sequel. The manufacturing is so superb and the storytelling is so compelling that it is not going to be judged on field workplace alone.”

Dune has been acquired effectively by critics (for probably the most half), described by CNET reviewer Richard Trenholm as “a tour de power of cinematic sci-fi, a star-studded but deeply bizarre fantasy epic, and a considerate and thrilling film expertise.”

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