In its second weekend of international release, Dune adds more markets and drops just 32% to earn an additional $ 26.3 million for its growing sum.
At the International Ticket Office this weekend, Dune continues to make noise ahead of its domestic debut next month. Denis Villeneuves Dune comes with some high expectations for it. The Oscar-nominated director is known for his expert handling of cerebral sci-fi stories (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049), so he seems like the ideal person to tackle Frank Herbert’s iconic 1965 novel. Dune can still boast of a large budget and works with a source material that many have struggled with in the past. There is great interest in seeing how the film will work when it debuts in US theaters in late October (it will also be available via HBO Max for free).
So far though Dune proves to be a success abroad. Last weekend, the film earned $ 36.8 million from 24 markets, a number that put it on track to surpass comparable large budget tent poles. Villeneuve has planned to make at least two Dune film, but the creation of the second depends on the performance of the first. Although Warner Bros. seems to place more emphasis on streaming, Dune still need to influence the box office to be considered a success.
If the international figures are any indication, it will do well domestically. According to Deadline, Dune expanded to 32 markets this weekend and earned an additional $ 26.3 million (a respectable 32% drop from last weekend). That amounts to $ 76.5 million, a number that still precedes comparable titles such as Tenet (+ 12%), Black widow (+ 49%) and Blade Runner 2049 (+ 73%). Dune was number 1 in major markets such as Russia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Over the next few weeks, the debuts of other major films such as No time to die and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, that is Dune‘s international dominance could end. Nevertheless, there are still more international markets (eg China) as well as the domestic debut, Dune still has plenty of opportunities to add to its growing total. It’s still hard to say how it’s going to go to places like the US and China, but the early buzz is favorable so far. It helps Dune earned generally positive reviews after its festival debut, and that it features a star-studded cast with, among others, Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa and Zendaya.
The International Ticket Office has shown clearer signs of improvement than the domestic one, which has helped ensure that Hollywood releases can reach their economic potential. No one wants to know how Dune may have survived the pandemic, but so far it does not appear to be a major obstacle. Instead, the difficult source material and dual streaming debut might be the biggest things that stand out Dune‘s way cashier. Based on these early figures, however, they may not even be a big issue either.
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