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Dune theatrical poster. Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary release. Photo: Chiabella James

“Dune” Dominates Box Office as Desert Power Proves Real

With Dune 2 now official, desert power continues exerting itself over our cinematic landscape. Dune gobbled up another strong week and weekend at the box office, adding $15.5 million domestically, and another $21 million overseas, bringing its global total to a sturdy $292.1 million.

Writer/director Denis Villeneuve’s emphatic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi doorstopper has been a big hit for Warner Bros. in this pandemic-stricken era, becoming their most successful release under their temporary theater-and-HBO Max-simultaneously plan. Not only have plenty of people seen Villeneuve’s vision on the big screen, but IMAX ticket sales in particular have been robust. This makes sense considering Dune is a sweeping cinematic experience in which location filming in places like Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert make for a mind-blowing treat when seen on a big screen, especially IMAX. Villeneuve once compared watching Dune at home to trying to drive a “speedboat in your bathtub.” Plenty of people did drive their speedboat in their bathtubs, but many more chose to see the film in the theater.

Caption: (L-r) Director DENIS VILLENEUVE and JAVIER BARDEM on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Chiabella James
Caption: (L-r) Director DENIS VILLENEUVE and JAVIER BARDEM on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Chiabella James

We’ll be returning to the desert planet of Arrakis with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), Chani ( Zendaya), Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), Stilgar (Javier Bardem) and more in Dune 2, which is slated for an October 20, 2023 release.

For more on Dune, check out these stories:

“Dune 2” is Officially Greenlit

Christopher Nolan Calls Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” a “Gift To Film Fans Everywhere”

“Dune” is Denis Villeneuve’s Best Opening & Best IMAX Opening of Pandemic Era

How “Dune” Editor Joe Walker Utilized Artificial Intelligence, Hans Zimmer, & Human Vulnerability to Shape Film

“Dune” Hair & Makeup Department Head Donald Mowat’s Delightful & Disturbing Designs

“Dune” Editor Joe Walker on Cutting Denis Villeneuve’s Sweeping Epic

“Dune” Review Roundup: A Majestic, Astonishingly Vivid Epic Made for the Big Screen

Featured image: Dune theatrical poster. Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary release. Photo: Chiabella James

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