Hollywood is awash with rumours today since the recent news that Warner Bros moved to put Wonder Woman 1984 to streaming and at the cinema in the US. And now it might be tempted with Godzilla Vs Kong. The film, bringing two legendary monster characters together is a sequel to Godzilla: King Of Monsters and Kong: Skull Island, as part of Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse.
Netflix has reportedly made an offer of $200m to take it directly to streaming. With Netflix not having a streaming presence in China they’d stand to make considerable returns with a cinema release there if they succeed. We’ve been keeping tabs on the worldwide box office and you can see just how China is dominating the box office.
Whilst the deal seems to be a win-win for Netflix and Legendary who have financed 75% of the budget as the next 6 months still look difficult for cinemas, would Warner Bros agree? The film is due to release May 21st and Warner Bros carry the control of its release. Having already released Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max and streaming, will they do it again?
Could Godzilla Vs King Kon be coming to Netflix? The films’ box office has fallen
The series has so far (including 2014’s Godzilla) taken in $1.4 billion at the global box office. Godzilla took $200m in America and $328m outside of America. Kong Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston took $169m stateside and an improved $398m outside of America. King Of The Monsters saw a drop both in terms of critic’s ratings and audience figures taking a 30% hit in the box office compared to the previous film.
$110m in box office stateside and an underwhelming $276m elsewhere on a suspected budget of $200m. Godzilla Vs Kong is the magnum opus of the Monsterverse, pitting the two foes together has been the long-term plan across a decade, and on paper seems like a mega box office magnet world-wide.
Yet the previous film in 2019 really underperformed against expectation despite a stellar cast, and with an ever-mounting slate of tent pole releases next summer, something has to give. Comments from Warner Bros state that “We plan to release Godzilla Vs King Kong theatrically next year as scheduled”.
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