‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ tops box office with $32.2 million opening

The national box office is back.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” had a better pandemic opening over the weekend, grossing $32.2 million on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The film, which was released domestically on Wednesday, grossed $48.5 million in the United States and Canada.

Internationally, “Godzilla vs. Kong” added another $71.6 million to its box office. Since opening last week in foreign marketsthe film grossed $285.4 million.

“The results of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ are absolutely stunning and represent something of a ‘welcome back’ to an industry that has been in decline for over a year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Head of Media. analyst at Comscore.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” opened in more than 3,000 theaters across North America over the weekend, the highest number of films during the pandemic. In addition to posting the biggest opening weekend since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the film also had the biggest opening day on Wednesday with $9.6 million and Saturday’s biggest day with $12.5 million.

Godzilla and King Kong clash in Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

Source: Warner Bros.

“For anyone who doubted the pent-up demand for cinema, this performance is another sign of the resilience of the theater industry,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com.

Over the weekend, only 55% of movie theaters were open in North America, compared to the total open in 2019, according to Comscore data. The majority of these theaters are operating at around 50% capacity.

“This should again send a message to studios that global audiences are hungry for great cinematic releases,” Robbins said. “If ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ can hit those numbers in a still handicapped domestic market with simultaneous streaming release, imagine what other successful contenders can achieve in the months to come when given a reasonable window of release. day one theatrical exclusive.”

“A sleeping giant is really starting to wake up,” he said.

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