DUNE TALK: Box Office Analysis, Jessica and Leto

On this week’s show, the Dune Talk crew are in a celebratory mood. Dune has crossed the $100 million mark at the overseas box office, on director Denis Villeneuve’s 54th birthday no less! It’s impressive considering the movie hasn’t had its domestic release yet, but what do these numbers really mean? We dive into the topic of how well Dune: Part One would have to perform, in this time, to be considered a success. How does this compare to other movies, such as No Time to Die? What role does HBO Max play in all this?

Also, during Rebecca Ferguson’s appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, another full one minute clip was released from the movie. It’s a deeply emotional scene between her character, Lady Jessica, and Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac). Johnny, Marcus, and Simon explore what this scene reveals to us, both about the couple’s relationship and power structures in the wider universe of Dune.

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Show Notes

News stories covered in the ‘Dune Movie News’ segment of today’s show:

  1. Within three weeks of its theatrical releases, in only 34 territories, Dune: Part One reached $103.9 million at the overseas box office. The movie dropped only -45% in it’s third weekend—despite premieres of No Time to Die or Venom: Let There Be Carnage in some countries—to bring in another $14.7 million.
  1. Rebecca Ferguson appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (October 1, 2021) to talk about the movie. Below clip from the interview features the touching scene, featuring Oscar Isaac and herself.

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Special thanks goes out to Ashton GIeckman for music and Sheldon Lee for voice overs.