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Godzilla: King of the Monsters under-performs with $49 million US debut

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Story by Jack Foley

GODZILLA: King of the Monsters has under-performed at the US box office, with an estimated $49 million opening weekend.

Heading into the weekend, the MonsterVerse movie had initially been on course to reach $60 million plus, which in turn was lowered to $51 million. But revenue actually fell over the course of the weekend, despite a strong start, to post the disappointing return.

The film suffered from polarising reviews, with some critics loving the spectacle, but most finding the plotting confusing and silly.

It could also be that Godzilla arrived in the midst of a very crowded market place, with strong holdover titles and two new releases that performed better than expected. But whatever the reason, the film’s opening is someway short of the $200 million it cost to produce the epic.

King of the Monsters is actually the third film in the MonsterVerse, following 2014’s Godzilla, which debuted to $93 million, and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island ($61 million).

The news was similarly disappointing overseas, where the film launched with $130 million at the international box office for a global opening weekend of $179 million.

Of the well performing new releases, Paramount’s Elton John biopic Rocketman fired on all cylinders, with an estimated $25 million debut, while Universal/Blumhouse’s Ma also started strongly, with an estimated $18.2 million off a $5 million budget.

Ma marks Octavia Spencer’s first solo leading role and follows a lonely middle aged woman who befriends some teenagers after they ask her to buy alcohol for them. After Ma lets the high schoolers party in her basement, the festivities start to take an creepy turn. Tate Taylor directs.

Of the high performing holdovers, Disney’s Aladdin also did really well, easily clinging to second spot with $42.3 million in its sophomore weekend. The film did take a lot of Godzilla‘s potential audience, given that it is attracting as many boys under 12 as it is girls (the original demographic).

That meant the top five is led by Godzilla, then Aladdin, with Rocketman and Ma in third and fourth.

Rounding out the top five is Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which collected $11.1 million for a US haul of $125 million.

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