The science fiction epic of Warner Bros. / Legendary Pictures Dune begins the anticipated rollout this weekend, seeking to capitalize on the momentum of its star-packed world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which was followed by an event at the Grand Rex cinema in Paris and screenings in Deauville and Toronto – all within the last two weeks.
The Denis Villeneuve-led adaptation of the 1965 Frank Herbert classic will hit just 24 markets this weekend, and begin offshore deployment tomorrow. France, Germany, Russia, Italy and Spain are among the majors of this session. Our industry sources predict a launch in the $ 20 million range. The PLFs will play a big role; IMAX is present on around 150 screens.
Pandemic era compilations to consider for Dune understand Black Widow, while Villeneuve 2017 Blade Runner 2049 is also noteworthy given the pedigree and history of the film. At comparable markets and at today’s rates, these films opened $ 22.8 million and $ 24.4 million respectively.
‘Dune’ filmmaker Denis Villeneuve on the decision to go day and date with his sci-fi epic: ‘The enemy right now is the pandemic’ – Toronto Studio
The wait is high for Dune in Europe – and there’s quite a bit of rain to be raining down on the continent over the next few days, which is music to the ears of the cast and the show. Again, the long run time will have an impact on the number of screenings. Because the film won’t be released on HBO Max until October 22, per the national release, piracy may be less of a concern – at least in terms of blank copies.
Critical reception and word of mouth were strong in Venice, where the film received a long standing ovation. He currently has a fresh score of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Arrival The adaptation of Villeneuve, nominated for the Oscars Dune is a tale of warring families, inhospitable landscapes and giant creatures. He divides the complex tome in the middle, focusing the action of this first half on establishing the dense tradition – and in particular on the young Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), son of a ruling house whose series follows fate. . Featured as the first part (a second part has yet to be lit), it ends with Zendaya’s Chani – as seen in the trailers – chanting, “This is just the beginning.”
This is the case for the deployment of the film. Dune hits other majors overseas like Korea, UK, Brazil and Mexico through October, in line with the domestic market. While the film has obtained a certificate in China, a date is still pending.
The deployment is bifurcated for several reasons. Europe should be the largest region on Dune (again, China is yet to be dated) and with Warners / Legendary doing their utmost to bring talent to Italy and France, it would have been foolish to wait another several weeks for the film to hit theaters. and not to use this global media attention as a springboard.
It also gives it a leap from the September 29 overseas deployment of the latest James Bond, No time to die. For example, Dune will hit the UK three weeks after 007.
Basically, we’re going to take a long trip to the international box office – DuneMiddle East markets start on September 22 with Japan and some other Asian markets and EMEA on October 15, followed by Korea, UK, some smaller European markets and all of Latin America over the course of the period of October 20. Australia, given the state of cinema closures there, is currently dated December 2.
Villeneuve took the tour, enticing moviegoers to see Dune in cinemas. In Venice, he said: “It was dreamed up, designed and shot with IMAX in mind. When you watch this movie on the big screen, it’s almost a physical experience. We designed the film to be as immersive as possible, and for me the big screen is part of the language.
Accompanying Villeneuve to Toronto were Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson who had also been to Paris with Zendaya. These four were also in Venice with Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård and Chen Chang.