‘Dune’ Opens to $40 Million at the Box Office. Strong Enough for a Sequel?

Dune,” an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic, opened to $40 million at the North American box office.

It’s a respectable start given the ongoing pandemic and the fact that “Dune,” like all Warner Bros.

movies in 2021, premiered simultaneously on HBO Max, which might have taken a chunk out of overall ticket sales.Directed by Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049” and “Arrival”) and starring Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin, “Dune” is the first chapter in an expected two-part saga.

Villeneuve and the cast of the movie have said they would like to make the follow-up to complete the story about warring political dynasties that clash over access to a vital planet.

Will ticket sales to start be enough to justify a sequel? Given the film’s hefty price tag, including the millions spent to market it as a cinematic event, it’s unclear

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