Jason Momoa's film 'Dune' marks biggest box office opening for Warner Bros. amid pandemic

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"Dune's" box office opening proves that going to the movies isn't a thing of the past!

With many movie theaters remaining closed due to the pandemic or still adopting social distanced seating, "Dune's" numbers are setting records.

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Only out in the U.S. since October 21, the sci-fi epic reboot has scored a milestone opening weekend raking in $40.1 million.

As CNet states further, the film has scored Warner Bros.' biggest three-day box office since it launched its simultaneous release strategy with HBO Max. It even beat previous record holder “Godzilla vs. Kong”'s $31 million opening at the end of March.

“Dune” fared well at the international box office as well, collecting another $47 million. Its current total gross globally is $220 million. And the critical reception has been mostly strong.

For those who believe there’s nothing like seeing big spectacle films like “Dune” on a big screen with huge speakers -- or if you’re one of the millions employed by the film and theater industry -- it’s good news for the health of one of the greatest things to do on a night out.

"Dune’s" success came even as HBO Max simultaneously released the film on their streaming service meaning fans willingly left the house to watch a film rather than streaming it from the comfort of the couch.

The warm theater reception is good news for Warner Bros. as previous offerings including James Gunn's “The Suicide Squad," "Space Jam: A New Legacy” and “In the Heights” did not fare as well as expected.

Still, “Dune”’s success lends credence to the theory that, like the monster box office, special effects-heavy hits of the 1970s that brought Hollywood back after the TV-fueled doldrums (“Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”), it might be the CGI-laden blockbusters of today that swoop in to save brick and mortar theaters again.

Will there be another “Dune”? Director Denis Villeneuve has envisioned his “Dune” as a two-parter, but no sequel has been greenlit yet. While Villeneuve was worried the simultaneous-style release would hinder those hopes, rumors are already swirling that Warner will go for a second one.

Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, Jeff Goldstein, for one sounds giddy. "I'm smiling," he told Variety on Sunday. "Exhibitors are thrilled. The best part is, fans are loving what they're seeing. They're loving the big-screen experience. It's been a winner of a weekend for movie-lovers."

The film stars Jason Momoa, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, and more.

“Dune” is currently in theaters. You can grab tickets right here!

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