Dune 2 approaches $500 million worldwide and surpasses the first film at the box office


“Dune: Part Two” moves towards another box office milestone.

Director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi sequel has grossed $494.7 million worldwide, including $208 million in North America and $289.4 million internationally. It should surpass the $500 million mark on Monday, a figure few films have reached in post-pandemic times. Although it is early in the year, “Dune 2” is currently the highest-grossing film of 2024 at the domestic and global box office.

After 10 days on the big screen, “Part Two” surpassed the entire domestic gross of the first film ($108 million), though it’s worth noting that the benchmark comes with an important caveat. The original 2021 film was released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, so ticket sales were stifled by the hybrid streaming release. Now, the next film has surpassed its predecessor, which generated $433 million at the global box office.

Outside of the United States and Canada, “Dune: Part Two” has enjoyed the largest share in China ($36 million), the United Kingdom ($32.8 million), Germany ($25 million), France ( 24.9 million dollars) and Australia (15.6 million dollars).

Excellent word of mouth and interest in premium formats have kept up ticket sales for “Dune 2.” Over the weekend, the film surpassed $100 million on Imax screens alone, the seventh-fastest film to reach that milestone.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment co-produced and co-financed “Dune: Part Two,” which cost $190 million to produce and approximately $100 million more to promote to global audiences. Despite the hefty price tag, the film has retained the staying power necessary to justify those expenses.

Based on the second half of Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 novel, the story continues the mythical quest of Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides, who seeks safety in the desert after powerful royals betray his family. Austin Butler, Florence Pugh and Christopher Walken join the extensive cast of Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin and Stellan Skarsgård.

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