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Godzilla roars its way to US opening weekend of $93.2 million

Godzilla

Story by Jack Foley

GODZILLA has enjoyed a monster US box office opening, roaring up $93.2 million in its opening weekend.

Directed by British filmmaker Gareth Edwards, whose only previous film was the low-budget critical hit Monsters, the film enjoyed the second best opening of 2014 in the US.

The news was similarly good internationally, where the film took a further $103 million from 64 markets, including the UK, bringing its global total to $196.2 million.

The figures far exceeded pre-release expectations and mark a success for Warner Bros’ decision to place its faith in a second-time director.

Only Captain America: The Winter Soldier has enjoyed a better opening weekend this year ($95 million), with not even The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million) could get close.

Warners president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman commented: “Thomas Tull and his team did an incredible job and have delivered a new franchise.”

An origin story, Godzilla follows Godzilla as he re-emerges from the deep to stave off a new threat to mankind. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn.

Of the other territories in which it opened, the UK fared best with $10.4 million despite opening on the hottest weekend of the year so far.

Elsewhere in the US top 10, Bad Neighbours slipped to second, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came third.

Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, starring Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm as a sports agent who travels to India to recruit baseball pitchers, opened in fourth with $10.5 million.

Female comedy The Other Woman rounded out the top five, grossing an estimated $6.5 million for a domestic total of $71.9 million.

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