Monday, April 22, 2024

Box Office: “Dune Two” Racks Up $81 Million Opening Weekend, Bob Marley Only Other Hit


The box office was all about “Dune Two” this weekend and not much else.

The sequel to the 2021 version of the Frank Herbert sci fi novel brought in $81 million from Thursday to Sunday. That’s a lot of sandworms.

Warner Bros. can only be thrilled as “Dune Two” is a blockbuster and sets the stage for a third and final edition that will even go higher.

“Dune Two” was the only thing anyone cared about this weekend, although both “Bob Marley One Love” and Hillary swank’s “Ordinary Angels” did well enough considering the environment.

Otherwise, the box office is fairly weak and has been since the holidays. All of these other films made over the weekend what they should have made each day of the weekend.

The fact is, most people are watching movies at home. Streaming has severely and permanently injured in person viewing. It’s a shame. There are a few Oscar nominated films still in theaters, but the audience is tiny. We are living in the Upside Down, for sure.

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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