The two new releases took very different theatrical routes. After Ridley Scott’s medieval combat drama starring Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, and Adam Driver failed to make much impact in theaters, Disney waited six weeks. The film’s star power, director, and violent premise may have generated home-viewing interest.
“Dune” took a different course. This weekend it was still in the theatrical top 10 (a return to IMAX screens provided a boost). It spent its first 31 days also on HBO Max. It debuted on PVOD, pricing it at $24.99 rather than the standard $19.99. That didn’t seem to