Dune has been doing big numbers overseas before it even hit the American market having earned over $100 million at the box office. Now, it seems like the film is ready to do it again which means the possibility of a sequel just got tastier.
The adaptation to Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic has opened to $40.1 million at the North American box office. This is fantastic considering the pandemic and the same time release on HBO Max which likely took a chunk out of the overall sales.
The film only adapts the first half of the book, with the possibility of a sequel only occurring should the first film do well enough.
Director Denis Villeneuve told Collider that, “I would not agree to make this adaptation of the book with one single move. The world is too complex. It’s a world that takes its power in details.”
A full treatment for the potential sequel was already written in February 2021 and now it seems that Dune 2 will be likely.
Dune has been Warner Bros. biggest three-day tally since the company began its day-and-date strategy on HBO Max. The previous title holder was Godzilla vs. Kong, which held the pandemic record at $31 million.
While it killed it in America, the film also earned an additional $47.4 million at the international box office. The film has so far grossed $220 million globally. That is expected to rise.
When speaking to Deadline, WarnerMedia CEO, Ann Sarnoff said, “Will we have a sequel to Dune? If you watch the movie you see how it ends. I think you pretty much know the answer to that.”
Not definite confirmation but it certainly is optimistic.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, Jeff Goldsten told Variety, “I’m smiling. Exhibitors are thrilled. The best part is, fans are loving what they’re seeing. They’re loving the big-screen experience. It’s been a winner of a weekend for movie-lovers.”
Ann Sarnoff also told Variety that the possibility of a sequel will be based on “the entirety of what Dune can do for the company, including HBO Max. The story in itself sets up for a sequel. The production is so amazing and the storytelling is so compelling that it’s not going to be judged on box office alone.”
That’s fantastic news because it just happens to be killing at the box office too. It might be somewhat safe to say that Dune will get that sequel it so rightly deserves.
The film currently holds an 82% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 91% audience score.
Looking forward to more big tent pole, special effects extravaganzas like Dune? Unfortunately, you might have to wait a little longer as Disney has done a massive schedule reshuffle.