Box Office: ‘Dune: Part Two’ Rides to Impressive $32 Million Opening Day

In terms of box office earnings, it is a “Dune” bonanza. For its opening day, Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s “Dune: Part Two” grossed an amazing $32.1 million from 4,071 locations. This figure includes $12 million from Thursday evening and earlier event preview screenings. The film was released in theaters at 4,071 locations. Already, this is the most successful opening weekend of the year, surpassing the sum of $28.6 million that “Bob Marley: One Love” made in its first three days of release. The debut of “Dune: Part Two” has also come close to matching the $41 million that its predecessor made back in October 2021. At that time, Warner Bros. concurrently released the film on its streaming service (which was then known as HBO Max), and the theatrical landscape was still in the process of undergoing a significant reconstruction as COVID lockdowns were being loosened. That is a tremendous step up for a heady, epic-length follow-up, particularly when those caveats are taken into consideration.

How high can “Dune” go at this point? That is the question. For the feature film directed by Denis Villeneuve, the industry had anticipated that it would have an opening of between $70 million and $80 million, which is a range that the film has a high chance of exceeding. This forecast was made prior to the weekend. Due to the fact that there is a great deal of public interest in watching “Dune” in a premium large-format auditorium, it is anticipated that a sizeable portion of ticket sales will come from formats such as Imax and Dolby. The higher ticket prices contribute to an increase in gross receipts; but, due to the restricted number of screenings, some moviegoers may choose to postpone their trip to the cinema in order to get a seat in front of a massive screen. This may result in a decrease in viewership at the moment, but it may also lead to some strongholds for “Dune” in the future. And it will require it, taking into consideration that its production budget is $190 million. In addition to being involved in marketing, Legendary was responsible for funding approximately 80 percent of the production.

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There will also be Imax screenings of “Dune: Part Two” for a period of three weeks prior to the release of “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” in theaters. Warner Bros. sees this as a significant opportunity that they intend to take advantage of.

In addition to being fortunate for a lengthy run in theaters, “Part Two” has received some of the most positive reviews of the year up to this far. Film critic Peter Debruge, who is the chief of Variety, praised the film for having “a satisfaction that very few films can offer.” Taking into account the cost of producing anything of this magnitude, it is a significant risk, and it is a vote of confidence in the film industry. In addition, audiences are enjoying it, as evidenced by the “A” grade that was awarded by the early audience survey agency Cinema Score. (The initial “Dune” received a grade of “A-.”)

“Dune: Part Two” is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s landmark science fiction novel, and it stars Timothée Chalamet in the role of Paul Atreides, a messianic king who leads an army against a rival clan on the very wealthy desert planet Arrakis. Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Lea Seydoux, and Anya Taylor-Joy are new additions to the cast, while Zenday, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, and Dave Bautista are all returning from the first film. Other new cast members include Anya Taylor-Joy.

After bringing in $1.9 million on Friday, “Bob Marley: One Love” from Paramount appears to be on the verge of continuing its success. This figure represents a mere 48% decrease from the previous week’s total. On Saturday, it is anticipated that the music biopic will have a total domestic haul that is greater than $80 million, and there is still the possibility that it can conclude with a total that is greater than $100 million.

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According to projections, “Ordinary Angels” from Lionsgate is aiming for a third-place finish with a total of $3.7 million. It is expected that the religious drama will surpass a gross of $12 million this next weekend. The film “Madame Web,” which was released by Sony and will not even bring in $3 million in its third weekend, should be ranked fifth. Following 17 days of distribution, it is highly unlikely that the Marvel Comics adaptation will earn more than $40 million in the domestic market. This is an unsatisfactory result for a superhero film that had a budget of more than $80 million.

Aside from Paul Atreides, there are a number of other messiahs that will be appearing in theaters this weekend. The release of the final two episodes of “The Chosen” Season 4 by Fathom Events should be considered for the fourth-place placement. This comes after the theatrical debuts of the first three episodes of the season on February 2 and the premieres of three additional episodes on February 16. This season finale event will now contribute to the total amount of $23 million that was earned by the two previous groups combined after they were released. Over the past few years, Fathom’s releases of “The Chosen” have been a niche but steady draw, and Season 4 has proven to be another successful investment for the company.

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