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Jaws dropped at Legendary and Warner Bros. when Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire opened to $80 million in North America over Easter weekend despite getting shredded by critics.
“We are in a good position to continue the journey, but let’s see how Godzilla x Kong unfolds,” Parent says.
“These are early days, but we are certainly feeling good.” Godzilla x Kong is sure to be a hot topic this week at Cinemacon, the annual gathering of cinema operators and Hollywood studios in Las Vegas.
While critics mostly scoffed at the movie, general audiences — and families — embraced director Adam Wingard’s vision of what would happen if Godzilla and Kong joined forces and stop the planet from being destroyed, the opposite of his 2021 film Godzilla vs. Kong, which saw the two battle.
Godzilla vs. Kong, released day-and-date to HBO Max amid the pandemic, launched to $48.5 million over five days, which was considered a strong start given the circumstances.
Godzilla x Kong is widely expected to become the top-grossing film in the franchise domestically (the current record-holder is Godzilla with $200.6 million).
The New Empire cost a net $135 million, compared to north of $150 million to $175 million net for other installments.
The MonsterVerse has always done well in Latin America and Asia, where Godzilla x Kong has earned north of $92 million in China.


Warner Bros. and Legendary both received shocks. Despite receiving negative reviews, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire made $80 million when it debuted in North America over Easter weekend. While it was not quite twice as much as tracking services had estimated, it was still quite close. And by day 10, it remained at the top of the chart with a remarkable global cume of $361.1 million.

What comes next? According to Mary Parent, chairman of global production for Josh Grode’s Legendary, “this is certainly an exciting result.”. Between this movie and the early March blockbuster Dune: Part Two, Grode’s company has enjoyed an incredible run of success. “Let’s see how Godzilla x Kong plays out, but we’re in a good position to continue the journey,” Parent says. Even though it’s early, we already feel great. “.

This week at Cinemacon, the yearly conference of theater owners and Hollywood studios in Las Vegas, Godzilla x Kong is bound to be a hot topic.

Despite the negative reviews the film received from critics, families and general audiences alike embraced director Adam Wingard’s vision of what would happen if Godzilla and Kong banded together to prevent the planet from being destroyed, which is the reverse of his 2021 film Godzilla vs. Kong, which witnessed the two fight.

The possibility of Wingard directing a third movie was discussed with THR in the middle of March. Wingard stated, “I think there’s some untapped areas to go into, and there’s always the seduction of making a trilogy out of it.”. “The great thing about the MonsterVerse is that it’s allowed so many different directors to approach it with their unique style and color palette. There are also ways to continue to innovate the stylized approach to the MonsterVerse.”. “.

Out of the five films released by Legendary and Warner Bros., the film’s domestic premiere represented the second-biggest opening. Godzilla was the 2014 release of the MonsterVerse series. In an era where franchise fatigue is rife, any studio would give its eye teeth for that kind of surge. Only one week prior, Ghostbusters: The Frozen Empire debuted with a $45 million box office haul, barely $1 million more than Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which debuted with difficulties due to the pandemic in 2021. Godzilla confronts. Kong, which was released day-and-date to HBO Max during the pandemic, debuted to a total of $48.5 million in five days, which, considering the circumstances, was regarded as a good start.

Most people predict that Godzilla x Kong will break Godzilla’s current domestic record of $200 million, making it the highest grossing movie in the franchise. Box office insiders predict the new film will gross $230 million domestically and over $500 million worldwide, but it’s unclear if it will be able to surpass Kong: Skull Island’s $568 million box office haul from 2017 and establish a new MonsterVerse record.

Wingard stated to THR last month, “I would definitely have some interest in doing another one of these, but I wouldn’t make this decision until we see how The New Empire performs at the box office.”. It would be exciting for me as a director to be able to keep innovating because the next time, I would try something even different. Notwithstanding this, there is undoubtedly a great deal of potential, and demand should materialize. “.

Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and Dan Stevens are among the film’s cast members. It is successful in drawing in both new and younger audiences. Warner Bros. According to Jeff Goldstein, the domestic president of production, attendance was dispersed throughout the entire day, and this time, there were also more families present. “This type of business is uncommon for a fourth or fifth sequel film.”. Godzilla used to attract a wider audience in the past. According to Goldstein, “This was a spectacular film, a spectacular marketing campaign, and a spectacular date.”.

“We made this movie out of love,” Parent continues. And compared to the other movies, we spent less money on this one. “.

That’s an additional interesting fact, given that production costs typically increase rather than decrease. The New Empire came with a net cost of $135 million, while the other installments cost between $150 million and $175 million net.

The most recent Godzilla movie franchise in Hollywood is expanding abroad as well. In Latin America and Asia, where Godzilla x Kong has made over $92 million in China, the MonsterVerse has consistently performed well. The Middle Kingdom’s distribution of the film is handled by Legendary East.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire chose to get a jump on Easter and moved its release one week ahead of schedule, from March 29 to March 22. This gave Warners and Legendary a small Easter present. After making a swift course correction, the New Empire arrived at Easter weekend and found a lot more eggs than it had anticipated. Parent states, “I believe that these characters have become part of the culture.”. “.

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