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‘Dune’ Opening Weekend HBO Max

In addition to its solid debut at the domestic box office this weekend, Dune registered HBO Max viewership numbers higher than fellow Warner Bros. titles Zack Snyder’s Justice League and In the Heights. The data comes via third party analytics firm Samba TV, because HBO Max, as per industry norm, doesn’t typically reveal viewership figures. Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve, was given a day-and-date streaming release as a part of WB’s controversial 2021 strategy.
According to Samba TV, which provided data exclusively to Variety, Dune was watched by more than 1.9 million households from Thursday to Sunday. This is higher than the 1.8 million households that tuned into Zack Snyder’s Justice League and the 700,000 that watched Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights earlier this year. The figure is, however, lower than the 2.8 million that director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad debuted with.
Conversely to The Suicide Squad, which all but tanked at the box office, the majority of Dune’s opening weekend audience appears to have made the trip to the theaters, where the film ranked number one for all WB day-and-date debuts this year with a $40.1 million haul. WB’s marketing leading up to the film’s release pitched it as an unmissable big screen event, highlighting its sweeping scope and sprawling cast.

Here’s a rundown of opening weekend viewership for Warner Bros. titles released on HBO Max:

Mortal Kombat – 3.8 million

Godzilla vs. Kong – 3.6 million (Wednesday-Sunday)

The Suicide Squad – 2.8 million

Wonder Woman 1984 – 2.2 million

Space Jam: A New Legacy – 2.1 million

Dune – 1.9 million

Zack Snyder’s Justice League – 1.8 million

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – 1.6 million.

Eternals Score on Rotten Tomatoes Is Lowest in MCU History

The positive reviews that appeared at the beginning of the premiere of Eternals did not guarantee this film would perform well on Rotten Tomatoes. On the site that provides film scores based on the opinion of critics, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film gets the lowest score in the history of the Marvel film franchise. Eternals only got a score of 61% from 108 reviews from critics.

This figure clearly breaks the MCU tradition. So far, the MCU always gets a good score on Rotten Tomatoes for every new film. However, the number of negative comments or reviews against Eternals seems to affect the score of the film made by Chloe Zhao on the site.

Previously, Eternals had also been the subject of negative comments on IMDb. Many reviewers criticized the existence of a same-sex love affair in the film. They also criticized woke culture which seemed forced into the film.

Over the past 12 years, the MCU has usually had a perfect record on Roten Tomatoes. Each of their films get a “Fresh” rating. All but two of the films were willing to get a more impressive rating of Certified Fresh from reviewers. This includes every film since Thor: The Dark World that is considered the MCU’s worst film.

Citing Screen Rant, of the 25 films that the MCU has released before Eternals, the MCU has a total of 9,470 reviews compiled on Rotten Tomatoes. Of that number, 8,098 reviews are in the “fresh” category and 1,372 others are in the “rotten” category. This earned the MCU an average of 85% with an actual review score of 7.23 out of 10.

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Thor: Love & Thunder (July 7)

The first character in the MCU to receive a fourth solo film, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor will come back to the big screen in Thor: Love & Thunder after a redefining third film and two Avengers movies. Taika Waititi returns to director chair following the innovative take on Thor’s character in Thor: Ragnarok promising more of what made the previous film the highest-grossing Thor movie so far. Thor’s recent character arc has been one of the highlights of the MCU. Having been a fan-favorite character in the fifth and second highest-grossing movies in history, Thor got everything that it takes to carry a solo film to the billion mark. In addition, Love & Thunder will also see Natalie Portman’s return to the franchise as a Jane Foster’s version of Thor.

Avatar 2 (December 16)

It is not hard to make a case for the sequel of the highest-grossing movie of all time. Thirteen years after Avatar revolutionized the film industry, James Cameron will finally show the world Avatar 2. The long-awaited sequel will be the first of four other entries in the franchise and is expected to once again redefine movie-making technology and the overall theater experience.

Even after such much time, the impact that Avatar had on pop culture cannot be ignored. While there might an impression that audiences’ interest in the franchise has faded away, as soon as the marketing campaign for Avatar 2 starts people will be reminded of the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the first film and will probably line up in front of the box office. While Avatar 2 may not surpass the first film earnings, it could break the $2 billion mark, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2022 in the process.

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