“Dune: Part Two” Tops the Box Office With Epic $178.5 Million Worldwide Opening

Zendaya in
Zendaya in "Dune: Part 2"

Dune fans spent three years waiting for its sequel, and Dune: Part Two was definitely worth the wait! Denis Villeneuve’s space epic topped the box office after scoring the highest opening weekend of 2024 so far, with $178.5 million grossed worldwide.

Dune: Part Two was initially supposed to hit the theaters last fall, but its release date was delayed to March 1, 2024, in the face of Hollywood strikes. This decision paid off big time, and this film ended up grossing $81.5 million domestically plus $97 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $178.5 million.

Dune: Part Two owes a significant part of its earnings to sold-out IMAX showings, which accounted for 23% of domestic sales or $18.5 million. Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX, addressed the film’s huge success in this format and said that this number wasn’t higher only because they ran out of seats.

Dune: Part Two is based on Frank Herbert’s seminal epic sci-fi novel of the same name, and Denis Villeneuve is plotting the adaptation of its sequel Dune Messiah. Timothée Chalamet led the star-studded ensemble cast alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, and Léa Seydoux.