A week after the release of “Godzilla vs. Kong” muscled its way to a pandemic-era box office record, set a new pandemic record for a Hollywood film, and hope that people are ready to return to the movies after a year of watching Netflix at home.
The movies from Warner Bros and Legendary Entertainment, smash a tune of $32 million over the weekend and $48.5 million in its first five days of release. It currently stands at $285.4 million in global receipts.
In China alone, the film earned $44.2 million over the weekend from 34,000 screens and is up to $137.1 million total.
The previous benchmark since coronavirus hit. Prior to this weekend, “Wonder Woman 1984” had the biggest three-day start with $16.7 million, followed by “Tom and Jerry” with $14 million.
“Moviegoers have been waiting for an event film like Godzilla vs. Kong to arrive on the big screen and the numbers don’t lie – it’s clear that wherever audiences are ready to safely return to the theater, they have, and we’re thrilled with the results,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution.
“And with the film’s A Cinema Score and being Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 93%, we look forward to sharing the movie with even more fans as theaters continue to open up around the U.S.”
Andy Forssell, Executive Vice President and General Manager, WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer added: “The HBO Max audience has spoken very clearly and loudly: they love this film and are watching it more than once.”
“Comparing audience metrics in the first four days since its release, Godzilla vs. Kong had a larger viewing audience than any other film or show on HBO Max since launch.”
Made for more than $200 million, Godzilla vs. Kong was directed by Adam Wingard and stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
Other films which made it to the screen this weekend was Screen Gems’ supernatural horror movie The Unholy, which earned $3.2 million from 1,850 theaters, an average of $1,729 per location. The movie is based on James Herbert’s best-selling book The Shrine.