Dune: Part Two absolutely dominates the weekend box office in its debut


After weeks of essentially nothing releasing in theaters, this weekend’s debut of Dune: Part Two sees the long-awaited sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s adaption of Frank Herbert’s novel finally hit theaters. While Part One didn’t make much of a dent at the box office due to COVID protocols being in place, Part Two is picking up the slack and then some. Domestically, this belated second installment has managed an $81.5 million start against a $190 million budget.

Internationally, the film generated $97 million for its debut weekend for a total of $178.5 million, meaning the film has almost recovered its entire budget in one weekend. Villeneuve’s plan to adapt Dune Messiah will likely come to fruition as WB is probably elated with this result. It’s certainly impressive.

Elsewhere in the top 10, we have a ton of holdovers and even second place doesn’t come anywhere close to Dune. Bob Marley: One Love has been a pretty successful film, but its third-week gross of $7.4 million looks like peanuts compared to the competition. In third came Ordinary Angels with $3.8 million and you start to get an understanding of why Dune: Part Two ran away with things.

Fourth was Madame Web with $3.2 million and I’m sure Sony is happy that the film recovered its budget. It’s still a flop, but it’s not a colossal one anymore. In fifth was the final theatrical run for The Chosen, with Season Four – Episodes 7-8 premiering and bringing in $3.1 million. Pretty good.

Here are the top 10 films for the weekend of March 1-3, 2024. All totals listed are domestic:

  1. Dune: Part Two – $81.5 million
  2. Bob Marley: One Love – $7.4 million
  3. Ordinary Angels – $3.8 million
  4. Madame Web – $3.2 million
  5. The Chosen Season Four – Episodes 7-8 – $3.1 million
  6. Migration – $2.5 million
  7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Hashira Training – $2 million
  8. Wonka – $1.7 million
  9. Argylle – $1.4 million
  10. The Beekeeper – $1.1 million
[Source] The Hollywood Reporter, The Numbers

Peter Glagowski
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