Warner’s ‘Dune: Part Two’ Eyes Year’s First Box Office Blockbuster Weekend Debut

After a middling start, the 2024 box office is looking at its first major performer: Warner Bros. Pictures’ sci-fi sequel Dune: Part Two, featuring much of the original 2021 cast led by Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya.

The movie, directed by Denis Villeneuve, is projected to generate upwards of $80 million across North American screens through March 3, according to Box Office Mojo. The original sold more than $41 million in opening weekend tickets during the pandemic-impacted era.

Part Two, which saw more than $18 million in advanced ticket sales, including more than $10 million in sneak Thursday screenings, could top $120 million in revenue worldwide.

At No. 2 is projected to be the previous two weekend’s No. 1, Paramount Pictures’ biopic Bob Marley: One Love, which has reached $124 million in global ticket sales since its Feb. 14 debut. The movie is projected to see another $7.9 million in ticket sales over the weekend.

Rounding out the podium is Fathom Events faith-based series “The Chosen: Season 4 Episodes 7-8,” with $4 million in projected revenue.

Lionsgate/Kingdom Story Company’s Ordinary Angels, starring Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) and Alan Ritchson (“Reacher”), is projected to land at No. 4 with an estimated $3.1 million in ticket sales.

Columbia Pictures’ Madame Web ($2.6 million), Universal Pictures’ Migration ($2.1 million), Crunchyroll’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba — To the Hashira Training, Warner’s Wonka ($1.7 million), MGM Studios’ The Beekeeper ($1.2 million) and Universal’s Argylle ($1.1 million) round out the projected weekend box office.

After the first two months of the year, Wonka — which landed in theaters in December and also stars Chalamet — is the top-grossing North American release with $215 million in revenue.

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Musical ‘The Color Purple’ to Begin Streaming on Max Feb. 16

Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical drama The Color Purple is set to begin streaming on the Max subscription streaming video platform Feb. 16 — one month after the movie’s availability on digital retail platforms.

The reboot of the 1985 original generated $65 million at the global box office, including $60 million across North American screens since its Christmas Day theatrical debut.

The film stars a SAG Award-nominated cast, including Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); current Oscar, SAG and BAFTA Award nominee, Golden Globe nominee, and former Tony Award nominee for the role, Danielle Brooks (“Orange Is the New Black”); Tony Award nominee and Emmy winner Colman Domingo (“Rustin,” “Euphoria,” Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom); Tony Award nominee Corey Hawkins (“Six Degrees of Separation,” In the Heights); Oscar and Grammy-winning artist H.E.R. (Judas and the Black Messiah); Grammy nominee Halle Bailey (The Little Mermaid); Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (King Richard, Ray); and Grammy-winning artist Fantasia Barrino, nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her performance as Celie, in her major motion picture debut.

The movie will be released on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 12.

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Imax Bringing Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Back to the Big Screen For One Week Beginning Feb. 23

Ahead of the upcoming release of Dune: Part Two from director Denis Villeneuve, Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi actioner Tenet back to 70mm Imax screens for one week, beginning Feb. 23.

The movie will be released in theaters in major cities across the U.S. and Canada in Imax Digital and Standard 70mm. Theaters include AMC Lincoln Square, Universal CityWalk Imax, TCL Chinese Imax and AMC Metreon on 70mm Imax film.

The Oscar-winning visual effects and Oscar-nominated production design movie was the last film Nolan made for Warner — the only major studio the acclaimed director had been associated with. Nolan departed Warner after the studio — during the height of the pandemic — agreed to bow its entire 2021 theatrical slate concurrently on the Max streaming platform.

Nolan went to Universal Pictures to produce his Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated Oppenheimer.

The re-release of Tenet will include exclusive footage from Dune: Part Two, which hits big screens on March 1.

“Seeing the way audiences responded to our large format presentations of Oppenheimer, I’m thrilled that Warner Bros. is giving audiences a chance to see Tenet the way it was intended to be seen, on the largest Imax and large format film screens,” Nolan said in a statement.

Director Villeneuve said he values Nolan’s “forward thinking” when it comes to shooting on film and especially in large formats.

“As directors, we are completely in sync,” he said.

Tickets are on sale today for both Tenet and Dune: Part Two. In addition to their ticket purchase, moviegoers will be gifted a collectible filmstrip from Tenet, while supplies last.

Warner Bros. Pictures Signs Tom Cruise to Develop, Produce and Act in Original Theatrical Films Beginning This Year

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group and Tom Cruise have signed a partnership deal to jointly develop and produce original and franchise theatrical films starring Cruise beginning this year. Cruise and his production company will have offices on the Warner Bros. Discovery lot in Burbank, Calif.

The partnership marks a return to Warner Bros. for Cruise, whose studio movies include Edge of Tomorrow, Rock of Ages, The Last Samurai, Eyes Wide Shut, Interview with the Vampire, Risky BusinessThe Outsiders, and New Line’s Magnolia.

“Our vision, from day one, has been to rebuild this iconic studio to the heights of its glory days, and, in fact, when we first sat down with [WBD CEO] David Zaslav to talk about joining the [company], he said to us, ‘We are on a mission to bring Warner Bros. back — we have the best resources, storytelling IP, and talent in the business — and we need to bring Tom Cruise back to Warner Bros.,'” Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, co- chairs and CEOs of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, said in a statement.

In a career spanning nearly five decades, Cruise is a three-time Oscar nominee whose films have generated nearly $13 billion in worldwide box office revenue.

He has played a leading role in numerous films such as Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Risky Business, Minority Report, Interview with the Vampire, A Few Good Men, The Firm, Rain Man, Collateral, The Last Samurai, Edge of Tomorrow, Born on the Fourth of July, The Color of Money, and the “Mission: Impossible” series, among many others.

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‘Wonka’ Tops Fourth Consecutive Weekend Box Office With $14.4 Million

Warner Bros. Pictures’ prequel Wonka held off horror newcomer Night Swim (Universal/Blumhouse) with an estimated $14.4 million in ticket sales for its fourth-consecutive weekend box office No. 1 through Jan. 7. Starring Timothée Chalamet as the eccentric chocolatier in his younger days, the movie has topped $164 million at the North American box office, and more than $410 million globally.

Night Swim, from Saw director James Wan, and co-starring Kerry Condon and Wyatt Russell, generated $12 million.

Rounding out the weekend box office: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom with $10.6 million in ticket sales, upping the DC Extended Universe superhero’s tally past $100 million since after three weekends.

Just behind at No. 4, Universal/Illumination’s animated Migration with $10.2 million in ticket sales, upping its three weekend total at just under $78 million.

Columbia Pictures’ comedy Anyone But You made $3.2 million on Friday, $4 million on Saturday, with the studio projecting $2.2 million on Sunday across 3,055 screens. The Sony studio is projecting a weekend total of $9.5 million, bringing its total domestic gross to $43.714 million through Sunday heading into the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, which is streaming on Paramount+ in the U.S., added $600,000 in ticket sales across 19 markets. The movie’s international tally now stands at $137 million and $202.2 million globally. 

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Warner’s ‘Wonka’ Looks to Hold Off ‘Night Swim’ Through First 2024 Box Office Weekend

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet as the eccentric chocolatier, looks to remain atop the North American box office through the first weekend of 2024.

The movie is projected to generate $15.2 million in ticket sales, down 32% from the previous New Year’s Eve weekend tally, but enough to hold off Night Swim, the latest horror movie from the Universal Pictures/Blumhouse partnership — projected to generate $12.1 million in revenue, according to new estimates from Box Office Pro.

The rest of the field includes animated returnee Migration (Universal/Illumination) with a projected$11.3 million in ticket sales; Warner’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom ($10.7 million), and The Color Purple musical ($9 million), among others.

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Warner’s ‘Wonka’ Tops Final 2023 Box Office Weekend With $23.9 Million

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel Wonka topped the final theatrical weekend of 2023 with an estimated $23.9 million in ticket sales. The film, starring Timothée Chalamet as the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, is projected to reach $31 million through New Year’s Day — upping its global box office to $300 million, including $142 million across North American screens.

The weekend tally was enough to hold off DC Extended Universe’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom at $19.5 million through Dec. 31, and a projected $26 million through Jan. 1, 2024 — upping the movie, again headlined by Jason Momoa, to $84 million across North American screens and $170 million globally after two weekends.

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s Migration rounded out the weekend box office with an estimated $17.2 million in ticket sales through Dec. 31, and $22.3 million through New Year’s Day.

Warner’s musical adaptation The Color Purple added $13 million in ticket sales through Dec. 31, and a projected $17 million through Jan. 1, 2024.

Columbia Pictures’ comedy Anyone But You made $3.3 million on Friday, $3.7 million on Saturday, and a projected $2 million on Dec. 31, in addition to a projected $2.5 million on Monday. Sony is projecting a four-day holiday weekend total of $11.5 million, bringing its total domestic gross to $27.585 million through Monday.

Finally, Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, which is streaming on Paramount+, grossed $1.1 million across 19 foreign markets. The international box office now stands at $135.5 million, with the theatrical holdover revenue up 23% from last week.

The 2023 North American theatrical box office topped $9 billion in revenue, according to Comscore, which is 20% above 2022’s tally of $7.46 billion, and 97% above COVID-addled 2021 with $4.56 billion.

This year’s main drivers were the irrepressible Barbie and Oppenheimer, which collectively totaled $962.2 million across North American screens, and $2.37 billion globally.

Warner’s Modest ‘Aquaman 2’ Christmas Weekend Box Office Continues DC Extended Universe’s Theatrical Woes

A weak opening for Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, with just an estimated $40 million in North American ticket sales over the Christmas holiday weekend, brings the DC Extended Universe franchise to a disappointing close.

Heading into the extended Christmas box office weekend, the sequel — the final film in the series of superhero films and a television series produced by DC Studios and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures — didn’t arrive in theaters with high expectations.

It wasn’t expected to rival the 2018 original Aquaman (also starring Jason Momoa in the title role), which generated almost $68 million across the Christmas weekend en route to a $1.15 billion global run, including $335 million in North America.

The Lost Kingdom, which generated a promising $80 million across foreign screens for a $120 million worldwide opening, started slowly out of the domestic gate, generating $4.5 million in Thursday screenings — about half the revenue of the original Aquaman Thursday screenings five years ago.

The sequel’s opening follows DCEU’s 2023 trend of theatrical miscues, including The Flash, with $55 million opening weekend ticket sales; Shazam! Fury of the Gods ($30 million); and Blue Beetle, with $25 million in opening ticket sales. The three movies generated a combined global box office of $534 million on reported combined production budgets of $429 million, excluding marketing.

Indeed, the Thursday (Dec. 21) tally for Lost Kingdom barely topped the special screening ticket sales for the studio’s previous-weekend box office champ, Wonka, which saw another $4.2 million in Thursday ticket sales. The musical is projected to sell $28 million in tickets through Christmas, upping its total gross past $83 million in North America and almost $255 million globally.

At No. 3, Universal Pictures/Illumination’s animated Migration sold $12.3 million in tickets through Christmas Eve, with an estimated $17 million through Dec. 25, upping its global haul past $39 million.

Columbia Pictures’ R-rated comedy, Anyone But You, co-starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell, made $3.45 million on Friday, $1.76 million on Saturday, and a projected $1.025 million on Christmas Eve. The Sony studio is expecting upwards of $2.765 million in ticket sales on Monday for a four-day holiday opening weekend near $9 million.

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Separately, Apple Original Films produced and Sony Pictures distributed Napoleon made $3.7 million in overseas ticket sales, bringing the Ridley Scott-directed historical actioner’s international tally to $139.2 million, and $198.4 million globally through Sunday. Apple/Sony say the film is on track to surpass $200 million worldwide on Boxing Day (Dec. 26).

Finally, Lionsgate’s prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes took in an estimated $3.15 million through Christmas Eve, and a projected $4.3 million through Dec. 25 in North America, upping the movie’s domestic tally to $153.6 m. Overseas, the film took in another $3.9 million across 84 territories, lifting the international total to an estimated $162 million, and $315.6 million globally.

Warner’s ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ Looking to Replace ‘Wonka’ Atop Christmas Weekend Box Office

An extended Christmas weekend box office finds Warner Bros. Pictures looking to expand upon its late-year theatrical success (beyond last week’s Wonka) with the new DC superhero sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom — again featuring Jason Momoa in the title role.

The movie is projected to generate upwards of $40 million in North American ticket sales, according to new data from Box Office Pro. That would continue DC’s underwhelming theatrical run in 2023, underscoring moviegoers’ increased fickleness toward the superhero genre in general.

Quite a difference from 2018 when the original Aquaman opened with $100 million in Christmas weekend ticket sales enroute to a $1.1 billion global box office run through April 19, 2019.

Regardless, the opening the Lost Kingdom tally could be enough to hold off the second weekend of Wonka, which is projected to generate upwards of $37 million across its second weekend of release.

Universal/Illumination’s latest animation feature film Migration is projected to open with about $25 million in ticket sales — a reality check for the studio, whose last feature — The Super Mario Bros. Movie — realized an Easter weekend opening box of more than $166 million.

Other new releases include Columbia Pictures romance comedy Anyone But You ($8 million), featuring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell; Warner’s musical adaption of The Color Purple ($22 million); and Amazon/MGM’s college rowing drama The Boys in the Boat ($5 million) — the latter starring Joel Edgerton.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Wonka’ Seeks to Return Major Studio Dominance at Weekend Box Office

After two weekends of smaller indie films (Godzilla Minus One and The Boy and the Heron) topping the post-Thanksgiving weekend box office, Warner Bros. Pictures is looking to restore the major studio pecking order with the release of Wonka.

Starring Timothée Chalamet (Dune) as Willy Wonka, the eccentric candy factory owner in Roald Dahl’s 1964 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory novel, the movie marks Hollywood’s third stab at a franchise that began in 1971 with Gene Wilder as Wonka in Paramount Pictures’ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and continued decades later with Warner’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featuring Johnny Depp as Wonka.

The movie, which generated $3.5 million in Thursday preview screenings, is projected to sell north of $35 million in North American tickets, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

That should be enough to top the combined weekend box office of the remaining nine movies, including Godzilla Minus One with $6.6 million in projected revenue; Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes ($5.3 million); GKIDS’ The Boy and the Heron ($4.5 million); Universal Pictures’ Trolls Band Together ($4.3 million); Fathom Events’ Christmas With The Chosen: Holy Night ($4 million); Disney’s Wish ($3.2 million); Searchlight Pictures’ Poor Things ($2.7 million); Sony Pictures/Apple Studios’ Napoleon ($2.5 million); and AMC Theatres’ Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé ($2.2 million).

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