Box office – Dune not such a big sandhill here

Desert, dry wind and leaping lampreys from space are not enough to get Dune to blast off in Australia.
Black performer in Dune

Dune came out of the blocks on 525 screens with a huge weight of expectation. And an IMAX release which costs over $30/ticket in 2D and over $50 in 3D.

It took $4.84 million, which is okay but moderate. It has probably been tainted by critical coolness, but that usually doesn’t matter. Venom opened last week with $6.47 million which went down to $5.04 million this weekend, suggesting it may beat Dune in this market.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.