Saturday, July 13, 2024

Box Office: “Dune” Spices Up the Box Office with Underwhelming $40 Million Weekend


“Dune” was the movie that was always coming and never did, then finally arrived with HBO Max attached to it.

We’ll never know how Denis Villeneuve’s beautifully made epic did on the home box, but in theaters it made $40 million from Thursday through Sunday. That’s not chump change but it’s also a little underwhelming for a $200 million movie.

How “Dune” will fare going forward is unknown, but it may pick up speed as people get more comfortable being out and about and in theaters. If you’re already going to sporting events, and other large gathering, a theater shouldn’t be much of a deterrent. And “Dune” is worth seeing on the big screen.

Elsewhere “No Time to Die” is up to $120 million after 3 weeks, and heading toward a comfy $150 million. “The Last Duel” is completely dead, and heading to a $150 million write off for Disney.

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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