Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, based on the sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert, debuted with $40.1 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in North America, despite its hybrid release.
Dune stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, a gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure a future for him, his family, and his people.
Like many other new releases during the pandemic, Dune had a hybrid release. A hybrid release is when the film is released to box offices as well as on a streaming site. Dune, a Warner Brother’s film, was released to HBO Max at the same time as it hit theatres. Despite this hybrid release the film has done exceedingly well. What was interesting about the release is that Imax alone brought in $ 9 million dollars, which is 22.5% of the market share. Dune is Warner Bro’s largest release since the beginning of the COIVD-19 pandemic, Godzilla vs. Kong coming in at second with $31 Million in April of 2021. The presale tickets for Dune have been surpassing many other big box offices movies by a lot, like Black Widow and Shang-Chi. Dune has been highly anticipated for many people and even more so after having to be pushed back a year due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Dune 2021 is the second time that Frank Herbert’s book has been attempted on the big scream. In 1984 David Lynch released a version that was not widely liked. Dennis Villeneuve’s rendition only features the first half of the book, with Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, and Josh Brolin alongside Timothée Chalamet.
Warner Brothers have yet to confirm, but there is a lot of hope and rumours that there will be the second release of Dune and will most likely be released in 2023. Moviegoers have given Dune an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it likely there will be a second film. Between critic reviews and sales.
Make sure to go check out Dune in theatres to ensure a sequel!
Published by HOLR Magazine.