Thursday, June 20, 2024

Sandy: “Dune” Makes $12 Mil On Opening Night, Heads to $40 Mil Weekend


“Dune” didn’t cause a swoon at the box office last night.

The remake of the 1984 David Lynch Star Wars in the sand took home $12 million on Friday night, plus $5 million on Thursday previews.

The result is a $17 million “opening” and a probably $40 million weekend. “Dune” has another $117 million tucked away from international showings already.

Denis Villeneuve’s epic is also playing on HBO Max. It has a budget of at least $150 million, likely more. But at least it’s playing, it’s out after a year of delays thanks to the pandemic.

One of “Dune:’s stars is Timothee Chalamet, who is also featured in “The French Dispatch” from West Anderson, which opened last night in 50 theaters. Total take was $555,000. There’s a lot of interest in “The French Dispatch,” which will have a big first weekend in limited release.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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