Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures‘ Godzilla: King of the Monsters took over the world this weekend with a $179 million opening. In North America, the film opened in first place with $49 million from 4,108 theaters, an average of $11,934 per location. Internationally, the new Godzilla movie added $130 million from 75 markets, with $70 million coming from China and $8.4 million from Japan.
$22.7 million of the worldwide total came from 1,400 IMAX screens in 70 markets. Godzilla: King of the Monsters earned $8.1 million at domestic IMAX theaters and $14.6 million from overseas IMAX theaters (with $9.4 million coming from China). The opening marks the fifth-highest global IMAX debut for Warner Bros. and second-highest international IMAX opening for the studio.
In 2014, the new cinematic MonsterVerse was kicked off with Godzilla, which debuted with $93.2 domestically and $103 million internationally. The film ended up earning $200.7 million in North American and $328.4 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $529 million. It was followed up by Kong: Skull Island in 2017 and the two will go up against each other in Godzilla vs. Kong in March of 2020.
Made for $170 million, Godzilla: King of the Monsters received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. Directed by Michael Dougherty, the movie stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, and Zhang Ziyi.
Disney’s Aladdin dropped to second place with $42.3 million domestically and $78.3 million internationally this weekend. The North American total is now at $185 million and international total is up to $260.9 million, for a worldwide sum of $445.9 million. Made for $183 million, the Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin stars Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.
Opening in third place was Rocketman (Paramount Pictures), which earned $25 million from 3,610 theaters, an average of $6,925 per theater. The film added another $19.2 million from 40 international markets and has now grossed $31.2 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $56.2 million. Made for $40 million, the Sir Elton John biopic received an A- CinemaScore from audiences. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Gemma Jones, and Bryce Dallas Howard.
The Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions thriller Ma, starring Octavia Spencer, opened in the fourth spot with $18.3 million from 2,808 theaters, an average of $6,503. The film, which received a B- CinemaScore, also earned $2.8 million at the international box office. The opening is a big win for the studios, as the Tate Taylor-directed movie reportedly cost just $5 million to make. Ma also stars Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo, and Dante Brown.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (Lionsgate) rounded out the top five with $11.1 million and has earned $125.8 million domestically after three weeks. The third installment also collected $12.7 million overseas, putting it at $95.9 million total internationally and $221.7 million worldwide. Chapter 2 earned $171.5 million globally in 2017. Directed by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 3 stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jerome Flynn, Jason Mantzoukas, Tobias Segal, Boban Marjanovic, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane.
We’re also continuing to watch Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, which earned $7.8 million domestically and $8.6 million internationally this weekend. That means the juggernaut has now earned $815.5 million in North America and $1.897 billion overseas, for a worldwide total of $2.713 billion. While that is an amazing achievement, we’re starting to wonder if it will be able to surpass the all-time global record of $2.787 billion set by Avatar ten years ago. Endgame was made for $356 million and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
Also, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s POKÉMON Detective Pikachu continues to perform okay with $6.7 million domestically and $14.6 million internationally this weekend. The movie has now earned $130.6 million in North American and $261.5 million overseas, taking its global total to $392.1 million. Directed by Rob Letterman, the $150 million-budgeted film stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy.