“Dune,” the big-budget remake of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel, has kept the doors open at least in international markets.
Denis Villeneuve’s (“Arrival”) film grossed $26.3 million from 32 international countries in its second weekend of release. Too far, it has grossed $76.5 million — a good figure is given that many sections of the foreign box office have been slow to recover from COVID-19. However, the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures film cost $165 million to create, implying that it will need to make a nice sum in theatres to earn a profit.
“Dune” will not be released in the United States — a critical market for the picture — until October 22, when it will be available on HBO Max at the same time. The interplanetary tale, starring Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, and Oscar Isaac, will be released in China in late October, which is promising given that several recent Hollywood films have not been permitted to show in the world’s largest movie market.
“Dune” earned the highest crowd in Russia, with $4.9 million from 1,850 screens, representing a 37% drop from its debut. France came in second with $4.2 million from 893 screens (a 33% decrease), while Germany took in $3.4 million from 900 screens. Among new regions, “Dune” earned $1 million in the UAE and $969,000 in Saudi Arabia.
In other international box office news, Disney’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ” earned $14 million, bringing its total to $166.9 million. The Marvel comic book adaptation, starring Canadian actor Simu Liu, has been a smashing blockbuster in North America, where it has earned $196 million so far. “Shang-Chi ” has produced $363.4 million globally, a good result for epidemic times.
Disney and 20th Century Fox’s sci-fi comedy “Free Guy” has reached the $200 million mark globally, setting a huge box office benchmark. The film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a cheeky video game character, earned an additional $5.1 million from 48 overseas countries, bringing its international total to $203.3 million and its worldwide total to $317 million.
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