Mumbai, September 19, 2021: Legendary / Warner Bros.' epic sci-fi movie "Dune" has been released in some of the key international markets and is off to a great start with over $35 million in the first four days.
Now, the movie gets a major boost as it has been confirmed to release in the biggest movie market, China, and will be opening day-and-date with the U.S. on October 22. Legendary East is handling the release of Dune in the PRC and it will release everywhere in China.
On the other hand, Universal Pictures' "No Time To Die" starring Daniel Craig as James Bond for the last time, has also set China release date on October 29. China being an important market for Bond movies, the movie studios intentionally waited to rebound in the throes of the pandemic.
Both the movies are confirmed by the Maoyan website as upcoming releases in China. Dune and No Time to Die are the only two Hollywood movies that had recently been granted certificates and we were waiting on release dates in China. The last Bond film, Spectre, did earn $83.5M in the PRC.
Meanwhile, it looks like the recent Marvel movies "Black Widow" and "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" won't get a Chinese release date and will end their entire run without getting a China release. Dune and No Time to Die will be the first big Hollywood movies to release in China since Ryan Raynolds' "Free Guy".