Dune sequel enjoys biggest opening weekend since ‘Barbenheimer’ 

Dune: Part Two has taken Kiwi cinemas by storm, delivering the biggest opening weekend since the double showdown of Barbie and Oppenheimer, aka “Barbenheimer” in July 2023.

Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated second instalment in the Dune series finally hit cinemas across New Zealand last week, delivering $1.8M at the New Zealand box office during its Thursday to Sunday opening weekend.

The must-see American epic sci-fi stars some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Florence Pugh, and Austin Butler.

Releasing in over 70 international markets, Dune: Part Two has hit a cumulative $178 million at the global box office during its Thursday to Sunday opening weekend, $1.8M of which was delivered at the New Zealand box office.

The film delivered over 74,000 admissions from Thursday to Sunday last week, with audiences skewing heavily toward males and the P25-54 demographic.

Critics and fans are in awe of the latest blockbuster success, with the film securing a 93 percent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, placing it as one of the highest-rated second instalments in Rotten Tomatoes history. Along with rave reviews, it has also delivered an impeccable 95 percent audience score.

The film also scored a huge A Cinemascore over the weekend and is currently sitting as the 10th best-reviewed film of all time on IMDB.

NZ Sales Director of Val Morgan Cinema, Matt Tremain, commented on the success of the opening weekend.

Dune: Part Two is a must-see cultural moment of 2024 that demands to be experienced on the biggest screen of all.

“With incredible reviews and positive word of mouth hailing the film as one of the greatest sequels of all time, we expect the film to continue delivering strong admissions and dominating the box office over the coming weeks.”

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