DUNE: PART TWO Is Already The Highest-Grossing Movie Of 2024 After Four Days In Theaters

DUNE: PART TWO Is Already The Highest-Grossing Movie Of 2024 After Four Days In Theaters DUNE: PART TWO Is Already The Highest-Grossing Movie Of 2024 After Four Days In Theaters

The updated box office numbers are in, and Dune: Part Two is already the highest-grossing movie of the year domestically, following an $82.5 million opening weekend...

By MarkCassidy - Mar 04, 2024 05:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Dune
Source: Via SFF Gazette

We knew Dune: Part Two was going to have a much more successful run in theaters than its predecessor based on ticket pre-sales alone, but Denis Villeneuve's critically-acclaimed sequel has exceeded its already high expectations at the domestic box office.

According to the latest BO updates, Part Two has taken in $82.5 million in the U.S. after four days on general release. This means the sci-fi epic has already surpassed the Bob Marley biopic, One Love, to become the highest-grossing film of 2024 at the domestic box office. 

The movie's worldwide total now sits at $182.5 million.

Part Two should become the first movie of the year to pass $100 million domestically on Wednesday, and is expected to sand-walk past $150 million early next week.

This bodes very well for that third chapter, and while Villeneuve has confirmed that he does intend to helm an adaptation of Dune: Messiah at some point, he's planning to tackle another couple of projects first.

Do you plan on seeing Dune: Part Two on the big screen? Drop us a comment down below.

"Those hoping for blockbuster escapism might find themselves shook by this faithful, at times borderline depressing adaptation," we said in our review. "But Dune Part Two is Sci-fi spectacle at its finest and most audacious, as Villeneuve builds-upon and possibly surpasses (opinions will vary) his previous film with aplomb."

The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on Dune: Part Two, the next chapter of Frank Herbert’s celebrated novel Dune, with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast. The film, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021’s six-time Academy Award-winning Dune. 

The big-screen epic continues the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed bestseller Dune with returning and new stars, including Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Wonka, Call Me by Your Name), Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Malcolm & Marie, Euphoria), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning), Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame, Milk), Oscar nominee Austin Butler (Elvis, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Black Widow, Little Women), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Love and Thunder), Oscar winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter,), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Léa Seydoux (James Bond, Crimes of the Future), with Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Assassin’s Creed), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Being the Ricardos).

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.

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marvel72 - 3/4/2024, 5:01 PM
Beekeeper was top but wouldn't have been hard to top that, all you had to be was a good movie.
Batmangina - 3/4/2024, 5:32 PM
@marvel72 - Beekeeper wasn't terrible.

Sometimes you just want a guy beating the [frick] out of everyone before he shoots them.

Much like how sometimes, you just want a giant [frick]ing robot punching giant [frick]ing monsters.
marvel72 - 3/4/2024, 9:27 PM
@Batmangina - Oh I totally agree, I'm not taking anything away from how entertaining Beekeeper might be,Dune Chapter 2 is the first big movie of the year, all it had to do was be good and it would top it.
Batmangina - 3/4/2024, 9:39 PM
@marvel72 - I didn't think you were shitting on the Beekeeper - I was just expressing my surprise at how decent it actually was.

But you're 100% correct - any year that ended with The Beekeeper as the high water mark for cinema should just be deleted from the record books.

Dune is EPIC
dragon316 - 3/5/2024, 3:46 AM
@Batmangina - or movie shows real world true stories happen in real world people be scam online , crooked politicians kids get free pass
MarvelZombie616 - 3/4/2024, 5:02 PM
It will tap out at $600+ million worldwide.

Deadpool & Wolverine or The Incredibles 3 will be the most successful movie of 2024.
Origame - 3/4/2024, 5:32 PM
@MarvelZombie616 - Deadpool 3 still has an uphill battle due to the damage done to the franchise.

And, incredibles 3? We don't even have a release date for that movie.
OptimusCrime - 3/4/2024, 5:45 PM
@Origame - youre kidding right? Deadpool has nothing to fear from a "damaged" brand.
Arthorious - 3/4/2024, 6:01 PM
@MarvelZombie616 - you’re giving off All Good vibes; in which if something competes with Marvel we get these types of box office responses.
Origame - 3/4/2024, 6:16 PM
@OptimusCrime - the mcu in phase 5 has only had 1 film that wasn't a flop. And that one film barely broke even. And this is a franchise that has historically never made more than what is basically the break even point of Deadpool 3's box office. This is hardly a sure thing.
GeneralChaos - 3/4/2024, 6:50 PM
@Origame - Barely broke even? It made almost 850 million... and they only released three films in phase 5. Saying only one from phase 5 is misleading. Having two flops out of 33 films is a great track record.
ThorArms - 3/4/2024, 6:56 PM
@MarvelZombie616 - Incredibles 3? Lol
Origame - 3/4/2024, 7:08 PM
@GeneralChaos - it cost 250 mil to make. Meaning, with the rule of thumb being 2.5x budget is the break even point, it's break even point was 625 mil. So in profit it only made a bit over 200 mil. Not bad, but hardly a great accomplishment considering right after that the marvels lost that.

And fine, I'll change it to projects. Because guess what? The shows have been failing too. Loki season 2, secret invasion, echo, she hulk. All failures.

And come on. You're telling me there's no damage to the brand when people just aren't seeing their big event films or their main villain debut in the movies?
Taonrey - 3/4/2024, 9:54 PM
@Origame - incredible 3? I don’t think that’s coming out this year
dragon316 - 3/5/2024, 3:47 AM
@Origame - don’t worry non comic book reader fans will see it regardless how good or bad reviews and movie score is
Origame - 3/5/2024, 5:00 AM
@Taonrey - yeah. I don't get why he said incredibles 3.
AllsGood - 3/5/2024, 8:34 AM
@MarvelZombie616 - I think Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire will beat Dune Part Two at the Box Office.
TheMetaMan - 3/4/2024, 5:08 PM
Imagine if this movie came out the same week as barbie… as we say in pro-wrestling it would have been “buried.” 😆😆😂🤣
Doomsday8888 - 3/4/2024, 5:08 PM

The second coming.
Colton - 3/4/2024, 5:16 PM
It's March.
ObserverIO - 3/5/2024, 4:08 AM
@Colton - Ah 2024, I remember it well. That was the year of Madame Web and... and then Dune. And Dune became the highest grossing movie! So that means it grossed more than Madame Web. Well done Dune, I guess. *clap clap*
QuietStorm - 3/4/2024, 5:16 PM
AmazingFILMporg - 3/4/2024, 5:16 PM

Second weekend should be strong. I swear to God if BLUMHOUSE imaginary dethrones dune 2 just nuke us already😐
ThorArms - 3/4/2024, 6:52 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - it won't be Imaginary. It will be Kung Fu Panda 4
TheVisionary25 - 3/4/2024, 5:21 PM

No other wide domestic release in 2024 so far compared to the hype this had going for it so it makes sense it would be the highest grossing one so far…

I’m interested to see the legs it has though that may not matter much given it could end up making profit very soon (the lack of potential competition until towards the end of this month will help with that).

Anyway , looking forward to seeing it this weekend!!.
TheVisionary25 - 3/4/2024, 5:23 PM
Just a few observations too about the WW Box office so far…

You look at the highest grossing films of the year now and the top 4 are all Chinese productions which is crazy.

Also The Beekeeper being as well received and successful as it was also is nuts since it seemed like just another Jason Statham action vehicle…

I have yet to see but if anyone has , how was it?.

mountainman - 3/4/2024, 5:28 PM
I hope it’s a 5 or more year break before part three to allow the actors to age a bit and make the time jump between books be represented well.
FireandBlood - 3/4/2024, 5:36 PM
@mountainman - Doesn’t need to be, since Spice slows down aging, and they could use makeup.
mountainman - 3/4/2024, 5:51 PM
@FireandBlood - I just wonder if the kids are being completely written out. They are in Messiah but aren’t important to it. If they continue through to Children of Dune, those kids need to be a bit grown up.

I know that Villanueve said he was only adapting Messiah, but I’d guess that Warners will want to keep this franchise going.
McMurdo - 3/4/2024, 8:39 PM
@mountainman - Paul especially lol. I adore Timothee but Paul is supposed to get 12 more years before Messiah. You can't bring in Anya even at that
Taonrey - 3/4/2024, 9:56 PM
@mountainman - ehh both Zendaya and Tim will probably look exactly the same in 5 years. Denis is ending with Messiah. Doesn’t really matter what WB plans are. Adapting anything after messiah would be a mistake that they will surely attempt.
McMurdo - 3/4/2024, 11:21 PM
@Taonrey - not if you get Peter Jackson to do it. Honestly Peter Jackson's Dune woulda topped Denis.
Taonrey - 3/5/2024, 12:20 PM
@McMurdo - 4 or Peter last 5 movies were bad so nah I’m glad we got Denis
McMurdo - 3/5/2024, 2:02 PM
@Taonrey - he didn't want to make the Hobbit films it almost put him in an early grave. I'm referring to motivated PJ, Rings PJ. Denis can't shoot action. Nor does he do the human element well. He basically makes large scale European art films. It's ironic that Arrivals and Prisoners are his best films because those two have the most exposition.
FireandBlood - 3/4/2024, 5:35 PM
An epic for the [frick]ing ages! Haven’t felt like this after a movie since The Dark Knight, ngl.


McMurdo - 3/4/2024, 8:49 PM
@FireandBlood - I felt it was a good film but I think Zendaya brings the entire film down from what it could a been. I don't feel the connection between her and Paul. I don't believe he cares for her in the way the film wants to believe and it's all on Zendaya's abilities as an actor. Her single frozen eyebrows angry look and over acting is just a constant. And Dennis has zero desire to shoot
action scenes that aren't 10 seconds long and essentially music video montage quick clips. It was the Harkonen invasion all over again. No time to really see and feel the sense of tension and desperation because it's over before it began. And the Harkonen were not threatening like they were in film 1 they are sliced through like warm butter and dealt with like candy in part 2. That final battle was such an immense let down. Loved the duel and the Throne room. The best scene in the entire film is when Paul rallies the southern Fremen. Timothee is a revelation. But it wasn't the truly next level sequel in I expected it to be. I just think Dennis' weakness as a filmmaker is the human connection. There's a hollowness to characters in his films outside of perhaps Arrivals and Prisoners.

This was a rally good 8.0-8.5 out of 10 but I can't put it up there with TDK or the Two Towers or Empire Strikes Back. The latter two films especially have such enduring thematic material centered around human struggle. There's just a love given to characterization in those films that I feel is somewhat if not at sometimes majorly absent from Dennis' films.
Shivermetimbers - 3/5/2024, 9:24 AM
@McMurdo - I really, really liked Dune 2, but I have to agree with you on most of your criticisms. Mainly, the lack of tension is what I was let down by, there was really no struggle. Maybe that was due to a studio mandate that they keep the run time down or something. Hopefully there is a director's cut some day with extended action.
bcom - 3/4/2024, 5:43 PM
Well, given the pretty weak offerings that have been released so far this year, Dune Part 2 is the first 'major' release of 2024. Stands to reason that it would make more than garbage like Madame Webb etc...
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