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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune finally premiered in theaters and on HBO Max this weekend, and the epic sci-fi film performed above expectations. The movie raked in more than $41 million at the domestic box office, bringing its worldwide earnings up to $221 million.
It also did well on HBO Max; according to Reelgood — a streaming hub that lets users track what they watch — 12% of their users streamed the film this weekend, beating out previous day-and-date movie record-holder, The Suicide Squad, which had 9.4% user engagement its opening weekend.
Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic novel only covered part of the first book. Without getting into spoilers, the film ends with a lot of loose threads that beg for another movie, something that Villeneuve purposefully crafted when putting together Part 1.
In a roundtable discussion this September with SYFY WIRE and other select outlets, Villeneuve shared his ideal vision for bringing Hebert’s book to the screen. “The beauty of making the movie in two parts is that there are some elements that I didn't explore in this first part that I will have the chance to explore in the second part," he shared.
That second part, however, has yet to be greenlit by Warner Bros. and Legendary, most likely because they were hesitant to front that amount of cash before seeing how many people would check out the first Dune movie. Based on this weekend's numbers, the chances that Villeneuve will be working on Dune: Part 2 in the near future are getting better and better.
Villeneuve has also said that he’s more than ready to head back to Arrakis if/when the movie is greenlit. "I will say, the tough task here was to introduce you guys to the world, to the ideas to this world, to the codes, to the cultures, the different families, the different planets. Now once this is done, it becomes an insane playground,” Villeneuve said in the earlier interview. “It will allow me to go berserk and really create. I shouldn't say it, but I will say that for me, Dune: Part 1 is like an appetizer. Dune: Part 2 is the main meal where we can add much more. As much as Dune: Part 1 was, by far, my most exciting project ever, Dune: Part 2 is already getting me even more excited."
Dune: Part 1 is currently in theaters and on HBO Max.