Director Denis Villeneuve’s operatic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi classic Dune finally arrives on HBO Max and theaters this weekend, bringing all manner of implications with it. Will the streaming schedule hurt theatrical outcomes? Will it boost HBO subscriptions? Will it contribute to pandemic spread? These questions are more relevant for Dune because the filmmaker and studio repeatedly made those topics talking points leading up to Dune’s release, for better or worse. The results — the film, and the context around its opening — are a mixed bag.
First, this is Forbes, so let’s talk financials.
Domestically, Dune is poised to take somewhere around $35-40 million, depending on
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