'Godzilla vs. Kong' earns $80M in opening weekend

The highly anticipated film "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" exceeded expectations by raking in an impressive $80 million in its opening weekend on 3,861 screens in North America. This monster mashup, which stars Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry, fell just short of the $81.5 million debut of "Dune: Part 2," making it the second-highest opening of the year. Projections had initially estimated a $50 million opening for the film, making its success even more noteworthy.

Mary Parent, chairman of worldwide production for Legendary Pictures, described the film as a cinematic event that showcases iconic characters in new and exciting ways. With large portions of the film devoid of dialogue, viewers are immersed in a mythic experience unlike anything seen before.

Last week's box office champion, "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire," secured the second spot with $15.7 million, bringing its two-week total to $73.4 million. Meanwhile, "Dune: Part Two" continued to perform well in its fifth week, earning $11.1 million and reaching a domestic total of $252.4 million.

The success of "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" follows the previous installment, "Godzilla vs. Kong," which had a smaller opening weekend due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the positive reception of the film signaled the potential for success in the monster franchise.

Looking ahead, the summer movie season promises a variety of titles that could make a significant impact at the box office. With films like "The Fall Guy" and upcoming installments of popular franchises like "Planet of the Apes" and "Mad Max," there is reason for optimism in the theatrical movie business. While the industry may not surpass the record-breaking year of 2023, the strong performance of recent releases indicates a promising future for cinema.


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