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‘Dune’ Sequel Greenlit By Legendary For Exclusive Theatrical Release – Deadline

It what comes as no shock, the sequel for Dune has lastly been greenlit for a October 2023 theatrical launch with director, producer, and co-screenwriter Denis Villeneuve returning. Key phrase right here is theatrical. We perceive {that a} key level of negotiations between Legendary and Warner Bros was that half 2 of this cinema spectacle could be given a pure theatrical window; no day/date HBO Max launch plans are within the combine.

The information was introduced on the Legendary and WB social accounts:

While the David Lynch 1984 function adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 412-page novel crammed the entire story into one film, it was all the time a part of Villeneuve’s imaginative and prescient to unfold his reboot throughout two movies.

 

Dune overperformed its home projections this previous weekend opening to $41M, with over half of its ticket gross sales pushed by giant format and PLF theaters. Heading into the weekend we heard that Dune had some $12M upfront tickets gross sales; greater than every other occasion movie throughout the pandemic. The pic was additional bolstered by Canada, which delivered 11% of home weekend ticket gross sales; the pic being on a theatrical window up there since HBO Max isn’t obtainable within the nation. In regards to its efficiency on HBO Max, whereas WarnerMedia didn’t report any figures, Samba TV, which measures streaming viewership in 3M U.S. households, reported that 1.9M Smart TV households watch Villeneuve’s Dune over the weekend. Among the theatrical/HBO Max titles measure by Samba TV, that’s the sixth greatest weekend debut by a Warner Bros/HBO Max day and date title, Mortal Kombat topping that record with 3.8M. All of this can be a nice indicator that those that needed to look at Dune, noticed it in a movie show. Warner Bros. launched the film forward in abroad markets the place its present world B.O. stands at $223.2M.

WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff advised Deadline final week in a sit-down {that a} Dune sequel was undoubtedly within the playing cards, however given how Legendary is carrying 80% of the manufacturing value, and Warners the steadiness.

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