B.O. Roundup, May 16-18: 'Godzilla' Throws Down with a $93.2 Million Debut

Sunday, 18 May 2014 11:23 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, May 16-18: 'Godzilla' Throws Down with a $93.2 Million Debut

The King of Monsters lived up to his reputation this weekend, charging up his atomic blast and becoming the second-biggest box office debut of 2014.

Godzilla surpassed all projections, opening in first place and collecting an estimated $93.2 million from 3,952 locations in North America.

So far this year, that's second only to the $95 million earned by Captain America: The Winter Soldier when it dropped in early April.  It's a bit of a squeaker, but according to current estimates, Godzilla zipped past the $91.5 million debut of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earlier this month.

Going into this weekend, co-financiers Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. were expecting this new take on the sixty-year-old monster to earn around $70 million, a figure that vastly underestimated the demand for some sweet kaiju action. 

Actually, most people seeing Godzilla probably weren't there to see Gojira wrasslin' MUTOs, but were instead drawn by an exceptional marketing effort that played coy with the beast himself but underlined gravitas by way of disaster movie scope and Bryan Cranston.  The first big budget studio effort from Monsters director Gareth Edwards may not be the movie folks were expecting.  Critics responded pretty well, but Godzilla will need really strong word of mouth to stay strong next week, when X-Men: Days of Future Past and Blended join the fray.

IMAX tickets accounted for a big slice (15%) of Godzilla's haul.  Same goes for 3D tickets (51%).

The Toho monster also stomped in theaters all around the world this weekend, opening in 65 international markets from which Godzilla earned another $103.0 million.

Disney took at a crack at counter-programming, releasing the based-on-a-true-story inspirational baseball drama Million Dollar Arm in 3,019 theaters.

Million Dollar Arm didn't bring the hot cheese, however, opening to an estimated $10.5 million in fifth place.  Directed by Fright Night remake helmer Craig Gillespie, it wasn't an expensive production, so the unremarkable debut is far from calamitous.

Check out the top ten movies in North America for this weekend:

1. Godzilla...................................................................$93.2 million..............New Release

2. Neighbors...............................................................$25.9 million..............$91.5 million

3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2....................................$16.8 million..............$172.1 million

4. Million Dollar Arm...................................................$10.5 million..............New Release

5. The Other Woman...................................................$6.3 million................$71.6 million

6. Heaven is for Real...................................................$4.4 million................$82.2 million

7. Rio 2.........................................................................$3.8 million................$118.0 million

8. Captain America: The Winter Solider.....................$3.7 million................$250.6 million

9. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return...........................$1.9 million................$6.5 million

10. Mom's Night Out.....................................................$1.9 million................$7.3 million

If you're one of the many people who saw Godzilla this weekend, we've got some stuff you're definitely going to want to check out.  There's our exclusive interview with producer and Legendary CEO Thomas Tull, as well as an interview with Evans, and even a chat with stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe.


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