‘Dune: Part Two’ Revives Box Office With $75 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

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Denis Villeneuve’s sequel has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences

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Timothee Chalamet in "Dune: Part Two" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Dune: Part Two” is enjoying the biggest opening weekend the box office has seen in nearly five months. After taking in $32 million through Friday, Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic is set for a $75 million-plus opening weekend from 4,071 screens.

That’s the highest opening weekend since the $80 million opening of “Five Nights at Freddy’s” in October and lifts overall domestic grosses above $100 million for the first time since the last weekend of 2023.

It’s also well above the $41 million opening weekend of the first “Dune,” which opened in October 2021 amidst COVID-19 concerns and with a day-and-date release on streaming.

With its immense action scenes and tragic love story, “Dune: Part Two” has enjoyed a critical and audience reception even stronger than that of “Dune: Part One” with Rotten Tomatoes scores of 94% critics and 95% audience to go with an A on CinemaScore. By comparison, “Part One” earned RT scores of 83% critics and 90% audience to go with an A- CinemaScore grade.

With this start, “Dune: Part Two” is well on its way to passing the $433 million global theatrical run of its predecessor, though how far it goes will depend on how much it can expand its audience with this word of mouth against upcoming competition. But next week’s releases — the family film “Kung Fu Panda 4” and the horror film “Imaginary” — likely won’t have significant overlap.

In an effort to increase interest among audiences intrigued by the acclaim for “Dune” but who had not seen “Part One” yet, Warner Bros. re-released that film in theaters and licensed it to Netflix to stream in the leadup to the release of “Part Two.” We will see in the coming weeks how much that adds to this blockbuster’s legs.

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4 responses to “‘Dune: Part Two’ Revives Box Office With $75 Million-Plus Opening Weekend”

  1. Sick of bad movies Avatar
    Sick of bad movies

    Having seen (as much as I could stand) both of the new Dune movies, they’re embarrassingly bad. Despite having the most unappealing and unskilled cast imaginable, there are also a few woke elements that make truly awful films even worse. In complete seriousness, these positive reviews are probably planted as the movie is a showcase of bad acting, extraordinarily bad cast choices that are completely unbelievable and actors that are chosen for DEI, and not to make a good movie. Compared to the original, this movie travesty doesn’t even merit mention in film history, except as an example of how broken Hollywood is now. I sincerely believe in a few years it will be viewed only as a parody of the original film.

  2. Noneatall Jones Avatar
    Noneatall Jones

    Having seen (as much as I could stand) both of the new Dune movies, they’re embarrassingly bad. Despite having the most unappealing and unskilled cast imaginable, there are also a few woke elements that make truly awful films even worse. In complete seriousness, these positive reviews are probably planted as the movie is a showcase of bad acting, extraordinarily bad cast choices that are completely unbelievable and actors that are chosen for DEI, and not to make a good movie. Compared to the original, this movie travesty doesn’t even merit mention in film history, except as an example of how broken Hollywood is now. I sincerely believe in a few decades it will be viewed only as a parody of the original film.

  3. B. Reasonable Avatar
    B. Reasonable

    Your politics are showing…full of conspiracies. What is the reason that the vast majority of the people who have seen the film and almost all the critics have loved it? Why all those reviews must’ve been planted! Obviously.
    Sort of like that guy that twice lost the national public vote by millions of votes… Must be something wrong with the voting process. Obviously.

    1. STARMAN Avatar
      STARMAN

      it was boring 9 on imbd bullshit

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