“Godzilla vs. Kong” beat the odds at the weekend at the box office.
The new Warner Bros. monster movie grossed $ 48.5 million at the US box office in the first five days (opened in theaters on Wednesday) and $ 32.2 million over the three days of Easter weekend in 3,064 cinemas.
It is the best national premiere for a film during the coronavirus pandemic, which devastated the theater industry last year. The film grossed $ 121 million during its international debut last month, which was also the best pandemic. Its global total is now $ 285 million.
The film’s predecessor, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, grossed $ 47.8 million domestically during its first three-day weekend in 2019. It earned $ 110.5 million domestically and $ 386 millions worldwide.
It’s more impressive considering that “Godzilla vs. Kong” debuted on WarnerMedia’s streaming service
no additional fee for subscribers on the same day it hit theaters in the United States, just like all Warner Bros. ‘films this year.
Cinemas across the country are also operating with limited capacity, including in New York City, one of the largest theater markets in the United States, which finally opened last month after a closed year.
While the numbers would normally be disheartening for a blockbuster that cost $ 200 million to produce, the strong start to “Godzilla vs. Kong” signals hope for cinemas – although they still have a long way to go to full recovery.
The last domestic debut for the best pandemic was Warner Bros. ‘”Wonder Woman 1984″ in December with $ 16.7 million. The film also debuted on HBO Max simultaneously with theaters. Although it ultimately declined at the box office with a domestic total of $ 45 million (and $ 165 million worldwide), the data showed that it boosted HBO Max enrollments.