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‘Dune’: The Spice Is Right As Pic Topping $300M At Global Box Office

Warner Bros/Legendary’s sci-fi epic Dune is crossing the $300M mark globally today, with North America totaling $71M through Monday and including $228.3M at the international box office.

The Denis Villeneuve-directed world-building movie, based on Frank Herbert’s classic novel, debuted at the Venice Film Festival, where it garnered strongly positive response. It has been on a staggered opportunistic release pattern since, smartly staying away from No Time to Die and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and expanding two frames ago in step with the domestic release. This past weekend saw an offshore drop of 54% (when excluding China, that translates to 34%). France boosted 3% during vacation play, while other dips were slight in Korea (-14%), Germany (-22%), Brazil (-27%), Japan (-30%), the UK (-32%) and Spain (-35%).

Korea, which has been soft of late, is notable at No. 1 this past frame — as well as on Monday and Tuesday this week — and has cumed $7.6M through Tuesday. Covid restrictions are easing in the market.

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China is the lead play with $34M through Tuesday. France through Monday had grossed $29.3M, followed by Russia at $21M, Germany at $20.2M and the UK with $18.8M.

There have been numerous No. 1 openings across the release so far, with another four markets to go including Australia on December 2.

Says Jeff Goldstein, President of Warner Bros Pictures Domestic Distribution: “We are so thrilled that this one-of-a-kind cinematic experience has movie lovers — as well as lifelong fans of the book, like Denis Villeneuve himself — eager to see Dune as he envisioned it: on the biggest possible screen. These terrific numbers, coupled with A- CinemaScore and a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, show the film delivers and that audiences are going back for multiple viewings.”

Added Andrew Cripps, President of Warner Bros Pictures International Distribution: “From our first international opening in September, we could see that Dune was both a critical and crowd pleaser. The numbers have continued to bear that out as each market has opened and we look forward to a healthy theatrical play, with Australia and New Zealand yet to come as we head into the holidays.”

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