DUNE: PART TWO Is On Track To Be A Much Bigger Box Office Hit Than The First Film

DUNE: PART TWO Is On Track To Be A Much Bigger Box Office Hit Than The First Film DUNE: PART TWO Is On Track To Be A Much Bigger Box Office Hit Than The First Film

Though updated box office tracking hasn't hit just yet, ticket pre-sales indicate that Dune: Part Two will be a much bigger hit than its predecessor...

By MarkCassidy - Feb 23, 2024 08:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Dune
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Dune: Part Two hasn't hit box office tracking just yet, but based on ticket pre-sales alone, Denis Villeneuve's critically-acclaimed sequel is shaping up to be a much bigger hit than the previous film.

The first movie was released during the pandemic, debuting in theaters and on streaming around the same time. This coupled with its over 2-and-a-half hour run-time led to somewhat lowered expectations, but it still managed to take in over $400 million at the global box office (nothing too spectacular when compared to the average MCU instalment, but enough to warrant a follow-up).

Now, Fandango's Erik Davis is reporting that Part Two has already emerged as Villeneuve’s biggest pre-seller to date, surpassing Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival at the same point in the sales cycle, and selling twice as many tickets as Part One.

Of course, Dune 2 was always going to benefit from being released post-pandemic, and serving as a direct continuation of its well-received predecessor. Stellar reviews should also help (its Rotten Tomatoes score now sits at 98%).

"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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Itwasme - 2/23/2024, 8:34 AM
It'll be great to have a BO hit this early in the year.
TheVisionary25 - 2/23/2024, 9:03 AM
@Itwasme - yep

It feels like an event which lends further credence to the theory that it really needs to feel like that now to make people go to the theaters I feel
Ha1frican - 2/23/2024, 8:46 AM
I would hope so considering when the first one came out
Feralwookiee - 2/23/2024, 9:03 AM
Screenshot this article stating this will be a "much bigger boxoffice hit" than the first one, whuch contains no numbers. 🤣

This movie is gonna do about the same as the first one, which didn't even break even with $400 million worldwide.
There is nothing indicating that this will be considerably more profitable than the first.
There's very little huzz about it with normies and even without the pandemic scare, I don't see this being a big hit.
bobevanz - 2/23/2024, 9:04 AM
@Feralwookiee - care to make a wager?
Apophis71 - 2/23/2024, 9:20 AM
@Feralwookiee - First one made 2.6X production budget which is normaly considered passed break even point but was released during the pandemic and online at the same time so all things considered certainly not a flop.

Actual ticket sales being double what they were at the same point for the first was stated in the article so on current evidence no, it will do far better than the prior one and been about the only movie due out this year I have heard normies talk about (if not counting CBM's with buzz around DP) other than stuff like KungFu panda 4 and Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.
Feralwookiee - 2/23/2024, 2:51 PM
@Apophis71 - The budget was $165 million without marketing costs.
$165 x 2.5 = $412 million to break even.
Dune Part 1 made $433 million worldwide which JUST barely places it as maybe turning a profit.
I had read elsewhere that it finished with $402 million, but boxofficmojo has it at $433. https://www.boxofficemojo.com/title/tt1160419/

Either way, that's a huge investment to just be barely be squeaking out a slight profit from.
Feralwookiee - 2/23/2024, 2:53 PM
@bobevanz - Yes!

I'll bet you gusto's left nut this movie only makes around $400 million worldwide! 🤣
Apophis71 - 2/23/2024, 4:45 PM
@Feralwookiee - When that huge investment was made there was no way they knew there would be a pandemic, any film released in 2021 that did not loose money was considered a win but not disputing that it barely squeaked the line. However when all reporting is they have sold, not predicting but already sold twice as many tickets for part two than the first at this stage thus far and reviews as good as they are... anyone with the current reporting on sales and reviews predicting it will make LESS than the first one without a pandemic or same day streaming is either living in cloud cuckoo land or plain lying due to some weird agenda. Reported numbers a couple days ago stated it was selling advance tickets faster than Oppenheimer did and it passed $900M so would love to know what your basing your predictions on.
Feralwookiee - 2/23/2024, 5:54 PM
@Apophis71 - Hey, I bet Gusto's left nut that this thing will top out around $400 million...That's science! 🤪
Apophis71 - 2/23/2024, 6:34 PM
@Feralwookiee - Personaly had it pegged at the 600 to 800 mark but we'll see as I'm oft wrong, lol
Feralwookiee - 2/23/2024, 7:33 PM
@Apophis71 - I just don't see it doing much more than the first one, but like you said, we'll see how it goes.
bobevanz - 2/23/2024, 9:03 AM
Now hopefully WB doesn't pull another sheisty move and take it out of theaters in a month. Rumor has the 4k and blu ray coming in may, I hope that's true. I watched the alternate edition fan edit of the Lynch movie yesterday, and the 2021 today and maybe the mini series tomorrow. LET THE SPICE FLOW
AllsGood - 2/23/2024, 9:06 AM
DUNE: PART TWO Is Reportedly Heading for A $65M North American Debut; Advance Sales on Par With OPPENHEIMER.

NoAssemblyReqd - 2/23/2024, 9:09 AM
I watched DUNE in the theater opening day and then again in HBOMax the very next day. What a time that was.
slickrickdesigns - 2/23/2024, 9:10 AM
I don’t get the love for Dune… I thought the movie was boring and the lead actor is less believable as a hero than Jesse Eisenberg in Zombie Land.
TheUnworthyThor - 2/23/2024, 9:15 AM
I hope it’s a big success but I’m not sure if surpassing Arrival and Blade Runner 2049’s presales is any kind of accomplishment.
AllsGood - 2/23/2024, 9:22 AM
Both Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival were Huge Box Office Bombs.

Arrival: Domestic $100,546,139, INTERNATIONAL = $102,842,047 WORLDWIDE = $203,388,186

Blade Runner 2049 Domestic = $92,071,675, Foreign = $175,613,534 Worldwide = $267,685,209
regularmovieguy - 2/23/2024, 9:46 AM

Arrival wasn't a flop. And regardless of box office they were incredible movies.
Apophis71 - 2/23/2024, 9:54 AM
@AllsGood - Define huge BO bomb cos last I checked a film making over four times it's budget (Arrival) is considered a hit not a bomb.
WEAPONXOXOXO - 2/23/2024, 10:57 AM
@AllsGood - you are a sad child

AllsGood - 2/23/2024, 11:14 AM
Apophis71 - 2/23/2024, 11:35 AM
@AllsGood - As someone who studied maths and statistics at university I can honestly say number can be used to support lies and oft are used for such. That and reported numbers may not be factual anyway, case in point do we ever truly believe reported budgets are the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth?
AllsGood - 2/23/2024, 11:48 AM
@Apophis71 -
JohnPain - 2/23/2024, 11:57 AM
@AllsGood -

Wrong franchise.

Apophis71 - 2/23/2024, 12:07 PM
@AllsGood - Excuses for what, not taken any sides on any of this other than saying over four time budget is normaly considered a hit not a huge BO bomb whilst also stating that anyone well versed on statistics know numbers can be spun to support lies (and that reported budgets may not be trustworthy).
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