Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures highly-anticipated Godzilla vs. Kong opened in first place with an estimated $48.5 million its first five days in North American theaters. The movie earned $32.2 million from Friday to Sunday.
With only about 55% of domestic theaters open at limited capacities, Godzilla vs. Kong is also available on the HBO Max streaming service for no extra charge. Warner Bros. says it has had a big boost from private “Pod” rental bookings from participating theaters as well.
Internationally, Godzilla vs. Kong added another $71.6 million to bring its overseas total to $236.9 million and worldwide sum to $285.4 million. In China alone, the film earned $44.2 million this weekend from 34,000 screens and is up to $137.1 million total. Godzilla vs. Kong continues to track ahead of the other films in the Monsterverse: Kong: Skull Island (+11%); Godzilla: King of the Monsters (35%); and Godzilla (83%).
“Moviegoers have been waiting for an event film like Godzilla vs. Kong to arrive on the big screen and the numbers don’t lie – it’s clear that wherever audiences are ready to safely return to the theater, they have, and we’re thrilled with the results,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution.
“And with the film’s A Cinema Score and being Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with an audience score of 93%, we look forward to sharing the movie with even more fans as theaters continue to open up around the U.S.”
Andrew Cripps, President of International Distribution, added: “It’s no surprise that these two iconic Titans would lead the charge back to theaters around the world and even exceed expectations in such a massive way. With our incredible numbers in China leading the charge, and powerful openings in such markets as Australia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, we’re looking forward to a robust theatrical run for Godzilla vs. Kong across the globe.”
“The HBO Max audience has spoken very clearly and loudly: they love this film and are watching it more than once,” said Andy Forssell, Executive Vice President and General Manager, WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer. “Comparing audience metrics in the first four days since its release, Godzilla vs. Kong had a larger viewing audience than any other film or show on HBO Max since launch.”
Godzilla vs. Kong also stands as IMAX’s best domestic opening since January 2020. The film earned $4.5 million on 284 IMAX screens, which accounts for 9.3% of the overall weekend box office domestically. The movie also earned another $6.5 million since Wednesday from IMAX in China while reaching a 10-day total of $18 million. The global IMAX total stands at $28 million.
“Godzilla vs. Kong has emerged as a symbol of the enduring strength of the theatrical experience for blockbuster filmmaking, delivering great box office even with many theatres still closed and significant capacity restrictions,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX.
Gelfond added: “Make no mistake — this film has become a global event because it received a global theatrical release, and the phenomenal pipeline of tentpole films ahead have the chance to capitalize on the same opportunity.”
Made for more than $200 million, Godzilla vs. Kong was directed by Adam Wingard and 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.
Opening in second place at the domestic box office was Screen Gems’ supernatural horror movie The Unholy, which earned $3.2 million from 1,850 theaters, an average of $1,729 per location. The movie is based on James Herbert’s best-selling book The Shrine.
Written and directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos, The Unholy stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Katie Aselton, William Sadler, Cricket Brown, Diogo Morgado, and Cary Elwes. Rated PG-13, it was produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Spiliotopoulos.
Dropping two spots to third place was Universal Pictures action thriller Nobody, which added $3.1 million over the holiday weekend and has grossed $11.9 million domestically after two weeks. Internationally, the movie has brought in $9.2 million and the global total is at $21.1 million.
Nobody is directed by Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry) from a script by Derek Kolstad, the narrative architect of the John Wick franchise. The movie stars Bob Odenkirk, Christopher Lloyd, and RZA.
Also moving down two spots to fourth was Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon with $2.054 million. The animated movie has now grossed $32.2 million after five weeks in North America. In addition to playing in theaters, the movie is also available to watch on Disney+ with Premier Access.
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.
Rounding out the top five was Warner Bros.’ Tom & Jerry, which grossed $1.4 million and has earned $39.5 million at domestic theaters. The movie has grossed $54 million overseas and is up to $93.5 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.