The first installment of “Dune,” a science-fiction epic starring Timothée Chalamet, notched an estimated $40.1 million at the North American box office this weekend — exceeding expectations of $30 million. It marks the biggest opening for Warner Bros. this year. (Warner Bros. and CNN are both owned by WarnerMedia.)
“Dune” has made $220 million globally so far.
The strong opening for “Dune” was even more impressive considering the film was also streaming on HBO Max — meaning audiences could have skipped theaters altogether and watched at home.
“Thank you to those who have experienced @dunemovie so far, and those who are going in the days and weeks ahead,” it said. “We’re excited to continue the journey!”