Box Office: DUNE PART TWO Conquers Weekend

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Dune: Part Two has, predictably, topped the box office this weekend. The well-reviewed movie came in way ahead of studio expectations. Studio expectations were, to be fair, lowballed.

The studio targeted a $65M domestic and $75M overseas. It delivered $81.5 million domestically and a further $97 million overseas for a worldwide total of $178.5 million, with China and Japan yet to open. From a domestic point of view, it is the biggest opening movie since the Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour late last year. This will be something of a relief for struggling cinema chains.

Premium formats such as IMAX contributed $32.2 million of the total global gross with the movie becoming the biggest IMAX opening ever in ten overseas markets. The big question is what sort of staying power will Dune Part Two have? Will there be multiple viewings? And as it skews older in the audience, will there still be a large potential audience who don’t rush out opening weekend? Will word of mouth add momentum?


Elsewhere at the box office, Bob Marley: One Love dropped 45% in its fourth weekend to take an additional $7.4 million to add to a domestic total of $82.8 million and a global box office of $146.1 million.

Ordinary Angels was third with $3.8 million.

The extraordinary collapse of Madame Web continued in fourth with $3.2 million.

The faith-based TV series that has been released into cinemas in conjunction with Fathom Releasing, The Chosen, was fifth with $3.15 million. This is an American Christian historical drama television series. Created, directed, and co-written by filmmaker Dallas Jenkins, that uses a multi-season format to present the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

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