US Box Office: Godzilla x Kong dominates the Easter weekend

Godzilla x Kong debuted in American theaters over the Easter weekend, and the result achieved went far beyond our wildest expectations.

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Distributed in 3,861 theaters in North America, the new chapter of the MonsterVerse grossed an estimated $80 million between Friday and Sunday, far exceeding analysts' forecasts, which had stood at $65 million before Friday. The result obtained by Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is currently the second highest of the entire MonsterVerse saga, second behind 2014's "Godzilla" stuck at 93.18 million.

This extraordinary result comes in the face of very positive word of mouth from the public (CinemaScore A- and 93% positive reviews from the public on Rotten Tomatoes), and despite the not-exactly flattering opinions of critics (55% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes). Furthermore, it should be considered that Godzilla and Kong benefited from an impressive number of premium theaters (IMAX, Dolby Cinema, PLF/Premium Large Formats, 3D, and Motion Seating), whose boost was impressive (48% of the entire takings).

But the success of Godzilla x Kong didn't stop just at the American market. Driven by the Chinese public, in fact, the international takings over the weekend reached 114 million dollars, for a Worldwide total of 194 million. With these data, the total loot of the entire MonsterVerse to date has exceeded the impressive mark of 2 billion dollars.

Battle of the Titans aside, the US Box Office recorded Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire in second place with 15.7 million dollars, losing over 65% of the first weekend's takings. To date, the film's overall takings have risen to 73.4 million, not exactly the highest in life considering that the budget well exceeds 100 million. Dune Part Two instead held the podium with a new excellent gross of 11.1 million dollars, for a total of 252.39 million. Finally, excellent performances came from Kung Fu Panda 4 (-38% and 10.2 million) and Immaculate (-39% and 3.26 million), whose takings closed the American top five.

Source: Boxofficepro