Denis Villeneuve Disappointed that ‘Dune 2’ Is Still the Highest-Grossing Movie of 2024

Denis Villeneuve Disappointed that 'Dune 2' Is Still the Highest-Grossing Movie of 2024
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After being released earlier this year, Dune: Part Two is still the biggest hit film of the year as of the time of writing, topping the global box office. Fans and critics are very satisfied, and the film promises to be one of the biggest contenders in the upcoming awards season, as Denis Villeneuve produced yet another hit film. The film has so far earned $711,844,358 at the global box office, ahead of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire and Kung Fu Panda 4, both of which passed the $500 million mark. But, while Dune: Part Two can still be seen in some theaters, it is a movie that premiered almost four months ago (in February). Many new movies have been released in the meantime, but none of them managed to surpass Dune.

The director, Villeneuve, was asked about the success of his movie, and while he is definitely proud that Dune is doing so well, he also expressed his disappointment that the movie is still #1 on the yearly box office list.

Villeneuve was in Toronto recently to receive the Academy Icon Award at the 2024 Canadian Screen Awards, which is where reporters caught him and asked him about the financial success of Dune, and here is what he said:

“I am disappointed to still be number one. … I hope soon that there will be other successes at the box office. I hope, sooner or later, that this summer box office will be much better. I think we need movies that are theatrical experiences, that will fully embrace the power of the theatre, and I’m not just talking about Dune 2. Of course I’m talking about many movies. A movie like Civil War, for instance, is a strong example of a movie that absolutely used the power of the theatre. I was lucky that Part 2 did reach the audience, I wish it would happen more often, honestly.”

Source: Yahoo

Dune did well, that cannot be denied, and Godzilla x Kong and Kung Fu Panda had a solid outing at the box office, but the above-mentioned Civil War movie, as well as the recently released Furiosa and Garfield movies all flopped. But we cannot blame the movies… Civil War was a solid movie, Furiosa received universal acclaim, and animated movies always attract audiences… yet, the numbers are bad. It was reported earlier that this year’s box office has faced a 66% drop since last year, which is an incredible drop.

So, while the year started off strong, audiences stopped attending theaters at one point and we cannot blame the movies for that, at least not exclusively. The complexity of the box office is certainly something that has to be considered and analyzed, as there are many factors that contribute to the overall success of the movies released in theaters.

Streaming services are becoming bigger and bigger, and people are slowly losing the habit of going to the theaters, as movies are now available from the comfort of their homes. On top of that, modern audiences are not that demanding, so they won’t be overly picky like they were decades ago. All of this needs to be taken into account, and studios will have to change their release policies as well; a lot of movies are being released digitally not even a month after the theatrical premiere – we’ve reported on The Fall Guy having such issues – and that is a problem, as people can wait… the market is large and people don’t have a problem waiting 20-ish days for a movie to come to their homes, as they have something else to watch.

This is why the studios will definitely have to change their release policies or theaters will become unaffordable, and we still have a generation of filmmakers who value the theatrical experience over the streaming experience. We hope that the results will be visible soon.

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