Dune has finally been released in US theaters and the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel is a massive success. The Denis Villeneuve film has just brought into over $40 million in its opening weekend alone. That brings Dune's worldwide box office haul to a Sandworm-sized $200 million.
The film finally had its US theatrical release on Friday, October 22 and fans didn't waste any time in heading to the cinemas. This led to Dune enjoying a strong $40.1 million on its opening weekend. That's enough to make it Warner Bros.' most successful opener in the pandemic era, defeating Godzilla vs Kong's previous record of $31.7 million.
Warner Bros. was already projecting Dune to make between $30 to $35 million on its opening weekend. Amazingly, the movie surpassed that despite its simultaneous release on HBO Max on the same day.
Dune had already been doing well in the international box office, having been released ahead of its US theatrical run. The opening weekend haul managed to push the film over the $200 million mark with its overall box office earnings.
This is just the beginning for Dune as more people are expected to head for theaters in the following week. With that in mind, the film is set for amazing things in the future.
The success of Dune in its opening weekend alone should be enough to convince Warner Bros. to greenlight a second film. Villeneuve has been confident that the studio will go with a sequel and there is little doubt we'll get an official announcement soon.
Dune adapts the first book of Herbert's trilogy and it follows Paul Atreides as he discovers his fate upon making the move to Arrakis. The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.
Dune is now screening in theaters nationwide. It is also streaming on HBO Max.