2nd LD Writethru: “Godzilla vs. Kong” tops North American box office in opening weekend


LOS ANGELES, April 4 (Xinhua) — Warner Bros. and Legendary’s monster film “Godzilla vs. Kong” smashed pandemic era box office record in North America with 32.2 million U.S. dollars from 3,064 theaters between Friday and Sunday in its North American opening weekend, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.

It broke the record for the biggest opening weekend of the COVID-19 era in North America previously held by “Wonder Woman 1984” which opened to 16.7 million dollars over Christmas weekend last year.

The monster mash-up, released on Wednesday in North American theatres, has grossed 48.5 million dollars to date at the North American box office.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is the fourth entry in Warner Bros. and Legendary’s MonsterVerse franchise. In the film, the two iconic silver screen behemoths meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Directed by Adam Wingard, the film stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez and Julian Dennison.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” was theatrically released internationally on March 24 with an outstanding global opening weekend of 121.8 million dollars from 38 overseas markets, the best worldwide debut for any Hollywood movie since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year.

Comscore data showed that the film added another 120.1 million dollars globally from 39 markets this weekend for a worldwide total of 285.4 million dollars to date. It performed particularly well in China. According to the box office data compiled by Maoyan, a Chinese movie-ticketing and film data platform, “Godzilla vs. Kong” earned more than 887 million yuan (around 135 million U.S. dollars) after ten days of launch in the Chinese mainland.

Sony’s supernatural horror film “The Unholy” opened in second place with 3.2 million dollars from 1,850 locations this weekend.

Directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos in his directorial debut and starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Katie Aselton, William Sadler and Diogo Morgado, the film follows Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. As people flock to witness her miracles, terrifying events unfold.

Universal’s action thriller film “Nobody” came in third with 3.07 million dollars from 2,567 locations in its second weekend for a Noth American cume of 11.87 million dollars.

Directed by Ilya Naishuller and starring Bob Odenkirk, the film follows an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband who helps a woman being harassed by several goons on a bus, only to become the target of a vengeful drug lord.

In fourth place, Disney’s animated action-adventure film “Raya and the Last Dragon” took in 2.05 million dollars from 2,031 locations in its fifth weekend. The film has grossed 32.18 million dollars in North Ameica so far.

Directed by Don Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada, inspired by Southeast Asian culture and set in the fantasy land of Kumundra, the film follows a young girl who sets off on a perilous journey to find the legendary last dragon to help unite her fractured land and save her divided people from an ancient evil force that threatens them all.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” features a predominantly Asian American voice cast led by Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina.

Warner Bros.’ animated film “Tom and Jerry” finished fifth with 1.41 million dollars from 2,273 locations in its sixth weekend for a North American total of 39.54 million dollars.

Directed by Tim Story, the film based on the iconic cartoon characters is an eye-popping blend of classic animation and live action. The cat and mouse battle flares up again when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him. Enditem


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