According to Deadline, “Dune” is returning to Imax theaters for a limited time beginning December 3. Deadline further reports that the film is nearing the $100 million domestic box office number, making it only the second Warner Bros. film in 2021 to do so (“Godzilla vs Kong,” which was released in March, was the first 2021 Warner Bros. film to pass that mark, via Box Office Mojo).
While “Dune” has been in U.S. theaters since October 22, the film recently disappeared from HBO Max, following a month’s worth of availability on the streaming platform. In addition to facing the lingering effects of the pandemic, the theatrical release of “Dune” was also forced to compete with its own day-and-date streaming release on HBO Max, a decision that reportedly infuriated director Denis Villeneuve (via Variety). In the past few months, Villeneuve has taken every opportunity to stress that he believes “Dune” is primarily meant to be seen on the big screen, not at home. Despite the director’s pleas, “Dune” quickly became one of HBO Max’s most popular films of the year (via Variety), in addition to being one of the most pirated films of 2021 (via Business Insider).