Denis Villeneuve’s Dune has scored the best opening day for a Warner Bros. Theatrical / HBO Max release date and day so far, but is it enough to get a sequel? $ 17.5 million on Friday has put the estimate at $ 33 million for the weekend nationwide. Rivals say it goes higher, closer to $ 40 million. It’s already knocking on the door of $ 150 million worldwide thanks to previous launches abroad.
By context, before the pandemic, Villeneuve Blade Runner 2049 had an opening of $ 12.6 million on Friday. In the Warner / HBO day and date category Godzilla vs. Kong made $ 11.8 million.
As usual, people will see the downfall with the HBO Max option available and a runtime of over 2.5 hours.
Critics are digging it. We gave it 4.5 stars in our review and an 83% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. audiences exceed 92% on the site. Deluxe tickets are IMAX venues that are also unusually high, and the message seems to sink in that the scale of the film means it’s worth the extra money.
China contributed $ 15.6 million in its first two days despite partial closures caused by what appears to be the ninth wave of COVID for them.
And what about the sequel? The title card clearly stated Dune Part 1. The movie ends about a third of the way through the book, clearly open. The last word in the movie is that Chani tells Paul:
“This is just the beginning…”
So will we get a sequel? Several Internet outlets that like to vaguely and mysteriously wave their hands while citing “sources” and “insiders” have claimed that it is already a done deal. Dune Part II It is on the way. Villeneuve himself says he’s ready for a 2022 shoot. With an ensemble cast, they need to move quickly or scheduling becomes a problem.
There is hope, as Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff has given a pretty clear indication this weekend. In an interview with DeadlineSarnoff did not confirm it directly, but did say the following:
“Will we have a sequel to Dune? If you watch the movie, you see how it ends. I think you almost know the answer to that. “
With so much to come and the reception so high, it would seem like the studio’s negligence not to seize the opportunity. With the quality of the film so high and leaving all the fans wanting more, it would be a crime against the cinema if they do not at least finish this first story. As long as we have more Sardukar ceremonies with Mongolian throat singing, we will be happy!