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Timothée Chalamet Breaks Record With DUNE 2, WONKA Box Office Numbers

Photo from Wonka’s Instagram

Timothée Chalamet Breaks Record With DUNE 2, WONKA Box Office Numbers

By Movieguide® Contributor

Timothée Chalamet’s latest movies have just broken a record previously set by John Travolta in 1978. 

In December 1977, Travolta starred in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. In July of the following year, he starred in GREASE. The movies were the two top-grossing movies over the eight-month span in which they were released. 

Chalamet has now broken Travolta’s record with WONKA and DUNE: PART TWO. 

“Since last July, the two movies led by Chalamet are the only ones that have surpassed the domestic $200 million total,” Fox News reported

Per Box Office Mojo, WONKA has made over $600 million at the worldwide box office, while DUNE: PART TWO has already brought in over $500 million despite only being in theaters for three weeks. 

Travolta shouted out Chalamet’s box office accomplishment in an Instagram post, writing, “Congratulations Timothée! It’s great to have someone to share my box office record with. Sincerely, JT.”

Movieguide® previously reported on why Chalamet decided to take the role of Willy Wonka:

Actor Timothée Chalamet recently revealed that he chose his role in the upcoming WONKA movie to be a part of positive, uplifting content. 

“To work on something that will have an uncynical young audience, that was just a big joy,” Chalamet said. “That’s why I was drawn to it. In a time and climate of intense political rhetoric, when there’s so much bad news all the time, this is hopefully going to be a piece of chocolate.” 

Both movies promote family-honoring values, which have played a major role in their success.

“WONKA shows good triumphing over evil through the magic of joy and great dreams. It also supports the little entrepreneur starting his own little business in the face of a government-sanctioned carte,” Movieguide®’s review reads. It also celebrates motherhood, good triumphing over evil and the free market.

Likewise, DUNE: PART TWO has a “Strong moral, patriotic worldview overall with some allegorical Christian, redemptive elements.”

Per Movieguide®’s review, “DUNE: PART TWO is also a story about good and evil, political power, religion, justice, revenge, and the consequences of wielding power on a worldwide, galactic scale.

Movieguide® also reported on Chalamet’s gratitude for his acting career:

“I love musical theatre, and I love song and dance,” he told Games Radar. “And I love old Fred Astaire movies and the original CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY with Gene Wilder. I didn’t think I’d get a chance to do it, not like this. But Paul King is one of these directors that you don’t say no to.” 

King, who knew of Chalamet’s background in musical theater, told BFI, “I think this movie allowed him to scratch an itch that he’s probably had for a long time.” 

The 27-year-old said he feels humbled to have the career that he does. Even when he suffers an injury on set, he hesitates to speak out or complain because of the largeness of his roles.  

“On DUNE there were moments where the film was so enormous…humbling is too general word, I don’t know, it’s like beyond humbling,” he said about the science fiction movie. “It’s just…I feel like I got the coolest job in the world.” 


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