WarnerMedia to Bow ‘Dune’ One Day Early on HBO Max

WarnerMedia will release Warner Bros. Pictures’ sci-fi reboot Dune on the HBO Max SVOD service on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET — a day ahead of its North American theatrical debut.

The movie adaptation from director Denis Villeneuve has already generated $100 million in foreign box office revenue outside China and the United States.

The 1984 David Lynch version of Dune generated nearly $31 million in global box office proceeds, which is equivalent to about $80 million today.

WarnerMedia, which is releasing Warner Bros.’ entire 2021 theatrical slate concurrently on the Max subscription streaming service, moved up Dune to coincide with the movie’s Thursday night screenings.

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The move comes as WarnerMedia attempts to offset its decision to drop Max from the Amazon Channels platform, which affords Prime members direct access to third-party SVOD services. The decision reportedly could cost Max 5 million subscribers.

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