The international Godzilla vs Kong box office stomped all over the competition this weekend with an estimated $121.8 million from 56,777 screens! The Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary movie will be available in both theaters and HBO Max domestically on March 31.
IMAX generated an estimated $12.4 million on 891 screens with 9.7% of the total international box office and being Hollywood’s biggest IMAX weekend since December 2019. IMAX results also accounted for the film ranking as the fifth-biggest opening of all time for a Warner Bros. film.
“Godzilla vs. Kong demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible and audiences worldwide are answering the call — continuing to drive market share gains for IMAX and proving there is real business to be done for Hollywood blockbusters,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX.
“We are particularly encouraged by the film’s strong debut in China, where audiences turned out in a big way for this Hollywood franchise.”
In China, the film captured $70.3 million and is coming in as the biggest foreign title to release in the market in 2020 and 2021. China also took in $9.4 million in IMAX grosses where IMAX screens represented nearly 14% of the box office from just 1% of the total screens.
The other top international markets include Australia and Mexico with $6.3 million each, Russia with $5.8 million, Taiwan with $5.2 million, India with $4.8 million, Thailand with $3.4 million, Korea with $2.8 million, Malaysia with $1.9 million, and United Arab Emirates with $1.9 million.
Directed by Adam Wingard, Godzilla vs Kong stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
Made for more than $200 million, the film has been rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of creature violence/destruction and brief language.”
At the North American box office, Universal Pictures action thriller Nobody debuted in first place with an estimated $6.7 million from 2,460 theaters, an average of $2,724 per location. With $5 million added from the four international markets where the film is in release, Nobody has grossed an estimated $11.7 million worldwide to date.
Nobody is directed by Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry) from a script by Derek Kolstad, the narrative architect of the John Wick franchise. The movie, which received an A- CinemaScore from audiences, stars Bob Odenkirk, Christopher Lloyd, and RZA.
Dropping to second place, Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon added $3.5 million its fourth weekend for a total of $28.4 million. Internationally, the animated film brought in $3.9 million and is up to $54.2 million. The movie’s worldwide gross is now $82.6 million, not counting how much the film is making with Premier Access on Disney+.
Directed by Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, Raya and the Last Dragon stars Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, Gordon Ip, Dichen Lachman, Patti Harrison, Jon “Dumbfoundead” Park, Sung Kang, Sierra Katow, Ross Butler, François Chau and Paul Yen.
Coming in at No. 3 was Warner Bros.’ Tom & Jerry, which earned $2.5 million and has brought in $37.1 million after five weeks. The movie has grossed $48.3 million overseas and is up to $85.4 million globally. Tom & Jerry is also available on WarnerMedia’s own streaming service HBO Max, though at no extra charge.
Tom & Jerry was directed by Tim Story and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney, Colin Jost, and Ken Jeong.
In fourth place, Lionsgate’s sci-fi adaptation Chaos Walking earned $1.185 million and has grossed $11.47 million after four weeks of release. It was directed by Doug Liman from a script by Patrick Ness and Christopher Ford.
Chaos Walking is based on the book The Knife of Never Letting Go by Ness. The film stars Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, Kurt Sutter, and David Oyelowo.
Rounding out the top five at the box office was Roadside Attractions’ The Courier with $1.044 million. The historical drama, directed Dominic Cooke, has earned $3.48 million after two weeks.
The Courier stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, and Angus Wright.