The wait is practically over. Finally, after nearly a year of delays due to pandemic closures, Dune is here. It’s actually here earlier than planned. Warner Bros. Pictures has announced it is putting up the streaming release of Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic on HBO Max a half-day early.
Screenings will start in theaters this today as previews, and the HBO Max release will now match it. The movie will be available on HBO Max from 3pm US-PDT & 6pm US-EST on the 21st.
The movie is long, with a 155-minute runtime. It is also aimed at the 35-plus demographic, who are a group indicating most hesitancy to return to movie theaters. It has a budget of $165 million so all eyes are on the Dune box office.
The target is a global weekend in the $70 million+ range, with $30-$35 million in the US. The movie has already snagged $129 million at the foreign box office so far. According to a report at Deadline, exhibitors are talking high pre-sales numbers, so that figure may rise.
Expectations for all major releases are lowered as the box office continues to recover. Movies just about breaking even, or at least contributing some income, being seen as a success. Simply moving product from the vault and creating some cashflow is seen as a win in the boardrooms of Hollywood.
These figures, combined with the subscriber draw and streaming minutes scores from HBO Max, will determine if we see Dune Part II. Remember, Villeneuve’s Dune only adapts the first half of Frank Herbert’s best-selling original novel.
Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as Glossu ‘Beast’ Rabban, Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, and Javier Bardem as Stilgar all star in the ensemble cast.
Our review will be up at Last Movie Outpost soon, as our intrepid reporter is en route to his multiplex armed with nothing more than a pencil, and his peachy keen enthusiasm.