Dune is a great movie. Large sets. Big stars. Large worms. And now, a pretty big – though not massive – cashier. With $ 17.5 million in returns from Friday and $ 5.1 million from previews on Thursday, director Denis Villeneuve’s precious franchise starter is starting a respectable start at the domestic box office.
It’s nothing to mock for an ambitious, alienating and deeply weird science fiction movie where characters scream “Desert! Power! “Several times, and Stellan Skarsgård swims in a pool of black goo. But thanks to solid reviews, amazing special effects and Timothée Chalamet standing around the country, Dune is no longer ready to be this week’s The last duel. In fact, analysts believe the film will end the weekend with 10 times the amount Duel brought in, with estimates of about $ 35 million or more.
Worldwide, Dune has ridden its thropter to $ 134 million against one $ 165 million Production budget. DuneIt should be a relief for Warner Bros., which despite the wishes of director Denis Villeneuve, made the old release model for the day and date of the film, while launching it on HBO Max and in theaters, hampering its box office a bit.
It should also come as a relief Dune fans eager for a sequel. The movie (full title: Dune: First part) is only half of a complete work, where the picture ends just like the plot actually gets moving.
Nevertheless, the study, which has so far hesitated to formally announce a sequel, seems intent on continuing to extract Arrakis for all its spice with a Bene Gesserit-focused prequel series on the way and strong hints that a successor is on the way.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff anything but the publicly green-lit successor. “Do we want a sequel to Dune?” Sarnoff told Deadline. “If you watch the movie, you see how it ends, I think you pretty much know the answer to that.”
Neither Warners nor HBO have released any of the streaming numbers for the film. But we assume they were also strong given the lack of competition over the weekend and the strong buzz around the film.
As for David Lynch, if 1984 version of Dune has been drawn into the conversation regarding the latest adaptation, he does not seem particularly concerned about Villeneuve’s version of things. In his weather forecast on Friday, the dreamy author who made his time in the dunes of Arrakis mentions thinking about Captain Beefheart sang “The dust blows forward ‘N The dust blows back, ”Which feels strangely appropriate.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]