‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ tops field workplace with $32.2 million opening

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

Source: Warner Bros.

The box office at home is back.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” had a pandemic best opening over the weekend, raising $ 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” increased its box office results by a further US $ 71.6 million. Since it opened in overseas markets last week, the film has grossed $ 285.4 million.

“The results for ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ are absolutely stunning and represent a kind of ‘welcome back’ to an industry that has been working its way back from the fringes for over a year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” opened in more than 3,000 theaters in North America over the weekend, most of the films during the pandemic. Not only did the film release the biggest opening weekend since the coronavirus pandemic began, it also had the biggest opening day on Wednesday at $ 9.6 million and the biggest single day on Saturday at $ 12.5 million.

“For anyone who has questioned the pent-up demand for admissions, this achievement is another sign of how resilient the theater industry can be,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com.

According to Comscore, only 55% of theaters in North America were open over the weekend, compared to the total number of theaters open in 2019. Most of these cinemas are around 50% full.

“It should send a message to the studios again that the global audience is hungry for big box office releases,” said Robbins. “If ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ can break out in a still hampered domestic market with a simultaneous streaming release on these numbers, imagine what other blockbuster competitors can achieve in the coming months, if a reasonable window for exclusivity of the theater is given. ” Day one.”

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

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