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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ tops the pandemic box office with $32.2 million in domestic opening weekend

Godzilla and Majesty Kong battle in Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

Source: Warner Bros.

The domestic box office is outlying.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” tallied a pandemic-best opening over the weekend, securing $32.2 million upward of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The film, which was released domestically on Wednesday, has how garnered $48.5 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Internationally, “Godzilla vs. Kong” reckoned an additional $71.6 million to its box office haul. Since opening last week in foreign markets, the film has tallied $285.4 million.

“The conclusions for ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ are absolutely mind-blowing and a represent a ‘welcome back’ of sorts for an industry that has been working its way promote from the brink for over a year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” opened in multifarious than 3,000 theaters in North America over the weekend, the most of any film during the pandemic. In addition to appointing the largest opening weekend since the coronavirus pandemic began, the film also had the largest opening day on Wednesday with $9.6 million and the largest cull day on Saturday with $12.5 million.

“For anyone who may have doubted the pent-up demand for moviegoing, this performance is yet another badge of just how resilient the theatrical industry can be,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com.

Over the weekend only 55% of theaters were open in North America, compared to the total open in 2019, according to data from Comscore. The adulthood of those cinemas are operating at around 50% capacity.

“It should again send a message to studios that the community’s audiences are hungry for big cinematic releases,” Robbins said. “If ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ can break out to these numbers in a still-handicapped steward market with a simultaneous streaming release, imagine what other blockbuster contenders will be able to complete in the months ahead when given a reasonable window of theatrical exclusivity from day one.”

 “A sleeping giant is truly dawn to wake up,” he said.

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