Rather than adapt all of Frank Herbert’s Dune into one film like David Lynch did within the ‘80s, Denis Villeneueve opted to spread his take on the seminal sci-fi novel over two movies. Fortunately for him, Dune was a critical and commercial success in 2021, and now Dune: Part Two is just a few weeks away from hitting theaters. There’s no query this is without doubt one of the greatest releases on the 2024 films schedule, and arguably the most important to return out to date this 12 months, however unusually, the opening weekend field workplace predictions for this second chapter are far and wide.
As reported by Deadline, dialog estimates place Dune: Part Two pulling in round $65 million throughout its first days on the large display. Other sources, nevertheless, imagine this film might make someplace extra within the neighborhood of $75-$80+ million throughout opening weekend. That’s a giant hole, though not terribly shocking given the fandom surrounding Frank Herbert’s authentic Dune tales and all of the informal moviegoers who loved Denis Villenueve first Dune film.
Either method, Dune: Part Two’s opening field workplace haul appears like it is going to be a significant enhance from the $41 million Dune pulled in throughout that very same time-frame. But let’s not neglect that Dune was impacted by the day-and date launch plan Warner Bros. Pictures carried out for its 2021 films, which means they hit theaters on the similar time they had been made out there to then-HBO Max subscribers. Part Two is now opening at a time when the pandemic isn’t throttling the theatrical business, so if something, we ought to be commending Dune for doing so nicely in theaters throughout a harder time.
As of this writing, the annual field workplace rests at $582 million, 13% behind final 12 months, which Deadline attributes to a “lack of tentpoles.” So Dune: Part Two coming alongside initially of March might positively shake issues up, though it’s definitely not the one tentpole launch lined up for the month. Kung Fu Panda 4 comes out on March 8, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire arrives on March 22 and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire follows on March 29.
In addition to Dune: Part Two already having racked up a formidable quantity of ticket presales, 10 minutes of the film had been hooked up to Dune’s IMAX rerelease in late January, and there have been a number of constructive reactions to the footage.To put it bluntly, there’s loads working in Part Two’s favor proper now, so whereas it’s arduous to say which opening weekend prediction will come true, I’d be shocked if it finally ends up underwhelming throughout these first days relatively than exceeding expectations.
Along with acquainted faces like Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Josh Brolin reprising their respective roles from Dune, the Dune: Part Two solid consists of newcomers like Austin Butler as Feyd Rautha, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot Fenring and Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV. In addition to his directorial duties, Denis Villenueve co-wrote the script with Jon Spaihts. While nothing is ready in stone but, Villenueve has additionally expressed curiosity in making Dune 3, a.ok.a. a movie adaptation of Dune Messiah. If that mission was greenlit although, the filmmaker has stated that it will be his final Dune film.
Dune: Part Two opens in theaters Friday, March 1. In addition to the primary Dune film nonetheless being out there on Max, Netflix subscribers can nonetheless stream it till February 29.