Godzilla Vs Kong has taken the number 1 spot in every territory it opened this weekend and took an estimated $70m in China alone.
Variety pulled no punches over its debut in China, in their opening article for the weekend’s box office performance.
Even though Chinese consumers are arduously calling for a boycott of Western brands concerned about potential human rights abuses in the country’s Xinjiang region, they apparently had no qualms about supporting Hollywood.
Worldwide we are looking at a gross of $122-4m once all the figures come in according to analysts.
Asia in particular has been performing very well demonstrating its turnaround from Covid-19.
Australia $6m, (which also opened Peter Rabbit 2 with $2.1m), Taiwan $5.7m, Thailand $5.5m and India with $5m.
Elsewhere, Mexico also added $6.3m and Russia $5.7m this weekend alone.
Indeed, for Australia, the film has taken more than the entirety of its predecessor Godzilla: King of Monsters back in 2019.
In 2019, the film underperformed massively against expectation and found critics unimpressed with the majority of the film.
The film had opened with $1.8m and took a combined $4.3m over its entire run.
This weekend alone its sequel adding Kong into the mix, has smashed $6m at the Australian box office.
Godzilla Vs. Kong: The Biggest Hollywood Release Since COVID-19
This makes Godzilla Vs Kong the biggest release weekend for a Hollywood film since COVID began.
Defeating both Wonder Woman 1984 ($38.5m) and Tenet ($53m).
The film opens in North America next week, with all AMC and Regal (Cineworld) sites due to be open, and pre-sales are already 2x as much as they were for Wonder Woman 1984.
The film will probably have long legs as it opens in America next weekend and will go pretty much unopposed.
Elsewhere, it stands to release in Japan, France among others in May and being the home of Godzilla in Japan, we can expect a strong release at the box office if all goes well.
People like action and monsters.
Working in the film’s favour, especially after people have been starved for blockbuster content in the past 12 months, are the characters themselves.
You know exactly what you are going to get with this film. Two Hollywood heavyweight monsters going toe to toe.
They are cinematic icons known globally; and show that for Kong (1933), Godzilla (1954) they can still have a powerful reach, even 88 years later.
Want to watch Godzilla Vs, Kong in the UK?
Empire confirmed last week, from April 1st in the UK, it’ll be available on demand.
Just a day after the US release.
No confirmation on where, but we assume it’ll continue with Sky Cinema and Sky On Demand as we saw with Wonder Woman 1984 and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
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