By: Yzora Lopez
The first film of the new series Adaptation made its long awaited debut in cinemas and HBO Max just last Friday October 22. With a strong domestic $40.1 million, Dune is expected to make another $15.1 million in its second weekend.
This film makes it filmmaker’s Denis Villenueve’s biggest career opening as well as the biggest opening for Warner Bros. of the year.
The first of the series stars Timothee Chalamet and features Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, and Zendaya.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie has globally earned $223 million to date. The film is said to have cost $165 million to make before the marketing and being produced by Legendary. They put up 80% of their budget while Warner Bros. covered the rest.
Just days after the film’s record breaking release, Villenueve released a statement saying, “I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with Dune: Part Two.” The fimaker went on to say, “It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.”
Stars of the cast including Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet came to social media to express their excitement at the news.
According to an article by Variety, the next film of the series is predicted to hit the big screen on October 23, 2023, planned to start filming in the fall of 2022, and is expected to make an equivalent success as the first one as the film worldwide has made $292 million so far.