DUNE: PART TWO Continues To Have Strong Legs At The Global Box Office; Closing In On $600M Worldwide

DUNE: PART TWO Continues To Have Strong Legs At The Global Box Office; Closing In On $600M Worldwide DUNE: PART TWO Continues To Have Strong Legs At The Global Box Office; Closing In On $600M Worldwide

Timothée Chalamet and filmmaker Denis Villeneuve's Dune sequel is showing the pandemic praise for Dune is real, with experts predicting a $650-$700 million final tally for the sequel.

By MarkJulian - Mar 25, 2024 12:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Dune
Source: SFFGazette.com

Like Barbie and Oppenheimer, Dune: Part Two is continuing the trend that tremendous box office profits don't solely belong to comic book movies. Film pundits that decry the rise of superhero movies are certainly enjoying the moment, especially as the timing coincides with a couple of misfires from Marvel Studios.

This weekend, the Dune sequel earned an additional $17.6 million domestically and $30.7 million abroad, for a total worldwide weekend gross of $48.3 million.

These are impressive results for a picture in its fourth weekend of distribution, that also competed with Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, which had its North American debut this past weekend.

This weekend, the sequel will compete with another sci-fi blockbuster, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, which opens on March 29.

With such steep competition in the coming weeks, it will be interesting to see if Dune: Part Two can make it to $700M worldwide.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Dune: Part Two's break-even milestone is $500M.

Previously, Villeneuve has stated that the sequel's box office performance will determine if he makes a third installment. However, more recently, Villeneuve has coyly stated that he won't make a third film if it doesn't surpass the second.

However, it would be shocking for Villeneuve not to return for a third film and it's likely he's just exhibiting a bit of showmanship as anticipation now builds for Dune: Messiah.

The film features an exceptional cast with Timothée Chalamet starring as Paul Atreides, Zendaya as Chani, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck and Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.

Also appearing in supporting roles are Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban Harkonnen, Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat, Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot Fenring, Souheila Yacoub as Shishakli, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam and Javier Bardem as Stilgar.

Dune: Part Two was released on March 01, 2024. The film was originally set for release on November 3, 2023 but was pushed back due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA Hollywood strike. 

Dune: Part Two Official Synopsis
 Dune: Part Two will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

Denis Villeneuve directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts based on Herbert’s novel. 

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mountainman - 3/25/2024, 1:03 PM
Projections I have seen put it finishing between $700-800 million WW. Absolutely a success and the third movie is guaranteed at this point.
grif - 3/25/2024, 1:08 PM
@mountainman - jw syndrome. make good movies. audience grows.

mountainman - 3/25/2024, 1:11 PM
@grif - Yup. A good third movie could cross a billion. This is essentially a new IP to the average movie goer and the audience should keep growing over time as long as the quality keeps up.
UniqNo - 3/25/2024, 1:20 PM
@mountainman - The TV series should keep the interest aswell.

I'm sure after the next weekend and easter we'll get a Messiah announcement. 😉

I just hope WB don't overdo it and milk the cow dry.

I'd imagine though after the third they'll try to lock in a new director to do the next couple movies in the next 10 years or so.
mountainman - 3/25/2024, 1:23 PM
@UniqNo - The only problem with the show is it’s based on a book from Frank Herbert’s son, and those are largely disregarded by Dune fans. I haven’t read them, and apparently there is some interesting lore there, but they aren’t as popular.

I want to see the Butlerian Jihad adapted. It’s many thousands of years before the Dune story and was when machines fought man (kind of like the Animatrix storyline). At that time humans triumphed but then completely banned all computing technology. Seems like a cool concept.
UniqNo - 3/25/2024, 1:31 PM
@mountainman - I hear that, but the general audience see's the title of Dune now and will link it more to the recent Villeneuve movies rather than the older one or Tv shows or even the books, which im ok with if it grows the fan base and desire for another movie that Villeneuve hopefully directs.

The hardcore fan base will obviously know the difference in authors but will still keep the conversations goings which can only a good thing.

I'd imagine though that WB will definitely milk it and try to franchise it out like Disney's Star Wars, which will be quite ironic 🤣
mountainman - 3/25/2024, 1:36 PM
@UniqNo - Good points. And really, having these novels gives them more stuff to adapt and build the universe. And the political nature of the Bene Gesserit allows HBO to build out a political show similar to Game of Thrones with political intrigue, fantastical events, and lots of sex. I’m personally interested in it and would be happy to see more adapted.
McMurdo - 3/25/2024, 2:03 PM
@UniqNo - hopefully the show is good.
McMurdo - 3/25/2024, 2:04 PM
@mountainman - maybe an animated butlerian jihad series
mountainman - 3/25/2024, 2:11 PM
@McMurdo - I would love something like the Animatrix in the Dune universe. Give us short animated stories set in different time periods focusing on different factions. The Harkonens and Atteides have been enemies for thousands of years. Likely some interesting stories there. The backstory of Duke Leto and Baron Harkonnen is interesting. The Bene Gesserit have likely been up to all sorts of shenanigans. The movies didn’t even give us much insight into the other great houses, the Tleilax, CHOAM, the Spacing Guild or the Mentats. There is a lot to this universe and it can be expanded on more than movies can.
Fares - 3/25/2024, 1:06 PM
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MotherGooseUPus - 3/25/2024, 1:08 PM
this movie deserves ALL the money it makes. wish it would make 1B. However, Dennis and the fans be like:

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mountainman - 3/25/2024, 1:13 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - It’s almost guaranteed to cross $700 million. That’s a win. Way more than the first and a good amount of profit. Plus all the accolades. Will at least get some Oscar nominations next year for sure.

I expect the third one to make even more, especially if it is marketed as the last one.
MotherGooseUPus - 3/25/2024, 2:21 PM
@mountainman - hope your right. this movie IS the movie of 2024 and Should win a bunch of awards next year including best movie and best director, if not, what a joke the awards are.

i know Nothing about the 3rd book but if you say it could be better than part II, which i LOVED, then i'm all for it
AmazingFILMporg - 3/25/2024, 1:12 PM
Thought it was a flop🤡🤡🤡

Haven't seen it yet but I'm glad it's a success🖖🔥🦸♥️💪
McMurdo - 3/25/2024, 2:05 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - notice he's completely disappeared. Which I know we are all extremely thankful for.
asherman93 - 3/25/2024, 2:11 PM
@McMurdo -
DrReedRichards - 3/25/2024, 3:01 PM
@McMurdo, @AmazingFILMporg -

Who are we talking about?
marvel72 - 3/25/2024, 3:41 PM
@McMurdo - He is in the Marvel rumour thread.
McMurdo - 3/26/2024, 3:37 AM
@DrReedRichards - FlopWatcher
LSHF - 3/25/2024, 1:14 PM
If part three doesn't do as well, we can blame it on "sand fatigue". 🤪
WEAPONXOXOXO - 3/25/2024, 1:14 PM
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Fogs - 3/25/2024, 1:50 PM
WhatIfRickJames - 3/25/2024, 1:19 PM
I love those flop watchers out there saying that this wasn’t going to be a success

Flop watchers

Watching for flops

Putting in the hard work
Kadara - 3/25/2024, 1:21 PM
Best movie I've seen in a long time, happy to hear it's doing so well.
UniqNo - 3/25/2024, 1:24 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - I imagine Cohen as someone who will come out fighting on this one.

People sre already taking sides when we don't even know the context of what's been written.

Let's see where it goes. That Grimsby movie was crap anyway.
WhatIfRickJames - 3/25/2024, 1:31 PM
@UniqNo. Don’t know if it borders on harassment or him just pushing the boundaries for that movies. I guess it’s par for the course on a SBC gross out comedy. We’ll see when the book comes out.
TheVisionary25 - 3/25/2024, 1:34 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - honestly , not too surprised since he seemed like he could be one.

Marvel and other studios need to start doing background checks on actors lol
DocSpock - 3/25/2024, 3:19 PM
@WhatIfRickJames -

Great news. The MCU doesn't need this a$$hat ruining Mephisto.
WakandaTech - 3/25/2024, 1:22 PM
Dune: Prophecy (Show)

Dune Messiah
Forthas - 3/25/2024, 1:34 PM
Loved this movie! Seen it four times including two on Imax screens. Going forward they could develop a Star Wars level franchise but they are going to have to create new stories after Messiah. Children of Dune is too weird.
McMurdo - 3/25/2024, 2:07 PM
@Forthas - nah you stick to the lore and simply adapt for the medium. Changes are okay people seem to be all about Chani not being Chanis in this so stick to the lore and make changes as you feel necessary.
JohnPain - 3/25/2024, 2:35 PM
@Forthas -

DUNE fans won't be interested in fan-fiction.

Forthas - 3/25/2024, 3:16 PM
@McMurdo -
@JohnPain -

The lore is limited. There are only so many books. I don't see why anyone would be opposed to new stories in that universee. That process is how you got the expanded universe for Star Wars which were popular and have influenced the new stories. Brian Herbert (son of Frank) has mostly done prequels and Frank Herbert did not properly end the saga. It is ripe for a talented writer to expnad the universe and stories with brand new characters.
JohnPain - 3/25/2024, 4:31 PM
@Forthas -

In what way is the lore limited?

DUNE is not Star Wars and will never be as popular a film franchise. I don't know why people think it is.

If people want brand new characters and stories create a new IP.

Forthas - 3/25/2024, 4:36 PM
@JohnPain - Then why are you even on this site. Comic book films do not follow the source material and create new characters. Not just Star Wars.
JohnPain - 3/25/2024, 5:11 PM
@Forthas -

DUNE is not a comic film. There are 6 original books. I don't know many fans that are hankering after new stories made into films. The Prequels and Sequels aren't too big with fans as it is.

The DUNE films are doing very well for they type of films they are, and Vileneuve is the biggest part of that, but it has a ceiling of success which means it either stays faithful and limited, or becomes watered down to make it palatable for an ongoing franchise.

McMurdo - 3/26/2024, 3:36 AM
@JohnPain - based take.
BlackStar25 - 3/25/2024, 2:04 PM
Yeah.....We can take Ghostbusters off that list for sure...

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