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Kong: Skull Island roars to top of US box office with $61 million

Kong: Skull Island

Story by Jack Foley

KONG: Skull Island has roared its way to the top of the US box office with a mighty $61 million.

The figure was enough to send last week’s box office champ, Logan, tumbling to second spot with $37.9 million – still a good figure for a fan-base driven, R-rated movie.

Kong‘s figure of $61 million can be read one of two ways. On the one hand, it’s a strong start for a film that found itself sandwiched between the high performing Logan and the hugely anticipated Beauty & The Beast, which is expected to be another of Disney’s box office juggernauts when it opens next weekend. At $61 million, the film comfortably surpassed pre-weekend tracking of somewhere between $45 million-$50 million.

It also bodes well for Warner Bros plans to create a shared universe with Godzilla, with a writers room already set up to create a suitable story for the Godzilla Vs Kong mash-up.

However, given that it cost at least $185 million to make before marketing began, it will likely need to earn $500 million globally to land in the black.

Internationally, Kong: Skull Island opened to $81.6 million, not including China where it is also expected to perform well. Globally, its figure stands at $142.6 million.

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who is making his first foray into blockbusters, Kong is set entirely on the island where King Kong resides alongside a whole host of other oversized creatures. It boasts an ensemble cast including Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John Goodman.

Elsewhere at the US box office, and coming in behind Kong and Logan at No.3 was low-budget, race-conscious horror title Get Out, which took an impressive $21 million in its third weekend to jump the $100 million mark in the US. Get Out cost under $5 million to make.

Lionsgate’s faith-based title The Shack, starring Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington, and Warners’ The Lego Batman Movie rounded out the top five, with $10.1 million and $7.8 million respectively. The latter has now raked in $159 million in the US alone.

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