‘Godzilla x Kong’ maintains box-office dominion in second weekend

“Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” Holds Top Spot at Box Office for Second Week

In a dominating display at the box office, “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” maintained its position as the top-grossing film for the second consecutive week, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Despite a 60% drop from its debut weekend, the MonsterVerse collaboration brought in $31.7 million, adding to its impressive $80 million launch from the previous weekend. Directed by Adam Wingard, the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures release has exceeded expectations and surpassed the performance of recent monster films from the studio, with a worldwide total of $361.1 million in just two weeks.

The success of “Godzilla x Kong” has positioned it to potentially surpass the $529 million global earnings of 2014’s “Godzilla.” The latest installment, featuring a team-up between Godzilla and Kong, was produced at a cost of approximately $135 million. Meanwhile, another primate-themed movie, Dev Patel’s “Monkey Man,” made a strong debut in North American theaters with an estimated $10.1 million. The India-set revenge thriller, released by Universal Pictures, showcases Patel’s directorial debut in a politically charged action extravaganza that was rescued by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions after being dropped by Netflix.

New Releases Struggle to Make Impact

On the other hand, the weekend’s other wide release, “The First Omen” from Disney’s 20th Century Studios, faced challenges in captivating moviegoers and landed in fourth place with an estimated $8.4 million in ticket sales domestically. The R-rated horror film, serving as a prequel to the 1976 original, cost about $30 million to produce. Sony’s “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” secured the third spot with $9 million in its third weekend, while Warner Bros.’ “Dune: Part Two” continued its strong performance with a $7.2 million addition in its sixth week, bringing its domestic total to $264 million.

In international markets, Hayao Miyazaki’s acclaimed Japanese anime film, “The Boy and the Heron,” made a significant impact in China, setting records for a non-Chinese animated film. The movie surpassed $70 million in just five days, marking a new milestone for Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

The box office rankings for the weekend are as follows:
1. “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” – $31.7 million
2. “Monkey Man” – $10.1 million
3. “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” – $9 million
4. “The First Omen” – $8.4 million
5. “Kung Fu Panda 4” – $7.9 million

Final domestic figures will be released on Monday, and estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore.

For more entertainment news, follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP.

Original Story at fox59.com – 2024-04-07 17:03:02

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