It may have taken a while to get there, but Godzilla vs Kong has just reached an important milestone at the box office. Nearly three months after the huge monster blockbuster hit theaters for the first time, it has finally crossed the $100 million mark in ticket sales domestically. It will now be only the second film to do so since the start of the pandemic. It’s a huge win for Warner Bros. and, more importantly, for the film industry as a whole. Especially those who want to see the theatrical experience will remain a thing in the future.
godzilla vs. Kong earned about $250,000 in its most recent box office weekend. That brings the total to $100,112,876 domestically. Just enough to cross the finish line. What’s particularly impressive about the record is that: GvK also played on HBO Max in the US during its first month of release, free to subscribers. Warner Bros. implements the same hybrid release strategy for the entire 2021 film series. So quite a few moviegoers chose to see the showdown on the big screen rather than watch it from the comfort of home. That’s a good sign for movie theaters.
Globally, director Adam Wingard’s entry in the MonsterVerse also crushed it. The international total, after the most recent weekend, stands at $342.4 million. That brings the total to $442.5 million. That would have been a solid result even under normal circumstances. Especially when you consider that 2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters only brought in $386 million during its run.
The first film to surpass the $100 million post-pandemic milestone was: A quiet place, part II. John Krasinski’s sequel to the 2018 sci-fi hit did that pretty quickly and has become a huge hit for Universal. It has already collected $222 million worldwide. A third entry in the franchise is already in the works and recently got a 2023 release date. Jeff Nichols will be directing that episode.
As for the future of the MonsterVerse franchise, it remains uncertain. So far, Warner Bros. and Legendary collaborated on four films; 2014’s godzilla and 2017 Kong: Skull Island, like King of the Monsters and godzilla vs. Kong. All together, the films have grossed $1.91 billion worldwide. Skull Island remains the bunch’s biggest earner, raising $561 million. No further submissions have been formally announced, but the studio looks set to go ahead.
Following the film’s initial box office success, it was reported that Adam Wingard has been locked out of another entry in the franchise. Although the specific title has not been confirmed a Son of Kong remake would be considered. However, Wingard is busy these days. He’s not just working on Face/Off 2 but he will also direct thunder cats film, which is expected to be his next project. So it may be a while before we see him dig into the Hollow Earth with Kong again. These numbers come from Box Office Mojo.
Topics: Godzilla vs King Kong, Box Office