After Part One’s $433M Success, Dune 2 Opening Expected to Put MCU to Shame

After Part One’s $433M Success, Dune 2 Opening Expected to Put MCU to Shame
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There haven’t been many box office sensations lately, since we’re still talking about Barbenheimer, but Timothée Chalamet’s Dune 2 is expected to turn the tables.


  • Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two will be released on March 1, 2024.
  • The movie has positive early reviews and a 96% Critic Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • According to Deadline, Dune: Part Two is tracking for a $170M opening weekend against its $190M budget.

Many of the most expensive movies didn’t exactly perform miracles at the box office in the past couple of years. The audience is starving for a truly grand and epic movie that won’t bear the superhero fatigue mark all over its banner, and this weekend, one such movie arrives. Dune: Part Two, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s sensational adventure drama, is scheduled for a March 1, 2024 release, and it has some amazing projections.

Dune 2 Already Has a Sky-High Score

Early screenings and reviews are often crucial for a movie’s success: they are the basis many viewers use to decide whether to watch the film or not. In the case of Dune: Part Two, it seems like there’s nothing to worry about in this department.

Already, Timothée Chalamet’s upcoming movie has a staggering 96% Critic Score on Rotten Tomatoes, getting it dirty-close to perfection. For reference, the first Dune “only” has an 83% Critic Score as of the time of writing (and a 90% Audience Score).

It’s safe to assume that the part of the audience that typically looks at early scores before making up their minds will not miss out on Dune: Part Two. But even without that, the projections for the movie’s box office opening are pretty fantastic.

Dune 2 Expected to Storm the Box Office

According to Deadline, Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming movie is tracking for a $170M opening weekend, with its haul split roughly in halves between domestic and foreign markets. Considering Dune 2’s production budget of $190M, it has a great chance of covering it entirely in the first two days of its theatrical run.

Of course, to truly turn a profit, the movie will have to at least double its budget, but a strong opening weekend almost guarantees further commercial success. Seeing how the first Dune overshot its projections, we can cautiously expect the same from the sequel. Either way, things are looking great for Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya ’s new film.

If you’re willing to contribute to the sequel’s success, keep in mind that Dune: Part 2 will be released in theaters on March 1, 2024.

Source: Deadline