The sci-fi epic, based on Frank Herbert’s seminal novel, had the biggest turnout in China, where the film opened to $22 million, a muted result in the world’s largest movie market. “Dune” also opened in this weekend in the United Kingdom ($7.5 million), Korea ($3.4 million), Mexico ($2 million) and Poland ($1.3 million). Those ticket sales pushed “Dune” to $180 million internationally and $220 million globally.
Though “Dune,” starring Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin, loomed large over the box office (it debuted at No. 1 in North America with $40.1 million), the $165 million-budgeted film has a long road to profitability. Warner Bros. and Legendary backed the film, which premiered day-and-date in theaters and on HBO Max in the U.S. It’s no secret that Villeneuve wants to complete the expected two-part saga about warring interplanetary dynasties,