The movie “Dune: Part Two” grossed $178 million at the global box office in its first weekend

The movie “Dune: Part Two” directed by Denis Villeneuve has shown the best start to the year in US theaters, grossing $81 million in its first weekend of release. The film earned another $97 million worldwide, bringing the total box office to $178 million, The Variety reports.

The large-scale film starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, with a lot of special effects and a budget of $190 million, proved to be especially popular in Imax cinemas. This format accounted for almost a quarter of the film’s gross in North America, or about $18.5 million.

The film had its biggest international opening in the UK with $11.8 million, followed by France with $9.6 million, Germany with $9.1 million, South Korea with $6.9 million, and Australia with $6 million. The premiere is expected in China and Japan, the two main foreign markets.

“This is an outstanding debut for a sci-fi sequel. Audiences feel a connection to these human, vulnerable characters,” said David Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.

The second part of Dune hit the big screens on February 29. On its first day of release, the film grossed $5.2 million in 13 countries. In total, the film will be shown in 71 countries and is expected to gross more than the first installment, which earned $402 million.

After its world premiere in London, the film received mostly positive reviews from film critics. The second Dune immerses the viewer in the Freemen culture and features at least seven large-scale action episodes, including a scene of riding a giant sand worm. The action takes place in new locations, including the kingdom of Baron Harkonnen on the industrial planet Gidi Prime.

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