‘Christological’ DUNE Brings Success for Warner Bros.
By Movieguide® Staff
DUNE brought in $40 million domestically on its opening weekend and scored the biggest three-day numbers for Warner Bros. since the beginning of the pandemic. DUNE also garnered another $47 million worldwide.
“I’m smiling,” Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein said on Sunday morning. “Exhibitors are thrilled. The best part is, fans are loving what they’re seeing. They’re loving the big-screen experience. It’s been a winner of a weekend for movie-lovers.”
Much of the success of DUNE can be attributed to its strong biblical worldview with Christological themes.
DUNE is part one of a futuristic science fiction epic based on the classic 1960s novel. In the story, the Galactic Emperor pits one noble faction, the Atreides family, against the Harkonnen family. He removes the Harkonnens from control of a desert planet, which produces a material called spice that gives people long life and powers space travel. The Emperor transfers the planet’s control to Duke Leto Atreides. Angered by this apparent betrayal, Baron Harkonnen invades the planet and has Duke Leto murdered. Leto’s son, Paul, and Paul’s mother escape, however. Paul believes if he can unite the native population, they can overthrow Baron Harkonnen.
DUNE is a powerful, exciting, satisfying epic. It’s worth seeing on a big screen. Even better, the movie has strong Christological themes, excellent dialogue and conservative statements about freedom and individualism. It affirms a father’s love and the importance of motherhood. DUNE has very little foul language, and no explicit crude content. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children and young teenagers because of intense action violence and references to the hallucinogenic properties of the natural resource called spice.
Movieguide®’s near half-century of research proves that movies with less gratuitous content like DUNE outperform their excessive counterparts in the box office.
Even over the weekend, DUNE easily trounced HALLOWEEN KILLS, which contains abominable foul content.
DUNE stars Timothee Chalamet, who previously appeared in the Movieguide® Award-nominated movie LITTLE WOMEN.