"Dune: Part Two" hopes to have a spicy $80 million debut and revive the barren box office.

This weekend's box office sales will flow like spice on Arrakis.  

Denis Villeneuve's big-budget sequel “Dune: Part Two,” where “spice” is potent, is seeking $70 million to $80 million in its opening weekend.   

Warner Bros., the sci-fi epic's studio, is conservatively predicting a $65 million start, but most box office forecasters expect $90 million.   

The international follow-up to 2021's “Dune” is expected to earn $80 million to $90 million from 70 markets.  

“Dune: Part Two” will shock cinema theaters regardless of the initial tally.  

Due to the actors strike, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and their co-stars could not promote the film, which was postponed until spring.   

It comes at a bad time for the industry, with revenues decreasing 18% from 2023.   

Current projections suggest the sequel will have the largest opening weekend since Blumhouse's “Five Nights at Freddy's” ($80 million) in October.  

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