Godzilla–King of the Monsters–and King Kong have had their “royal” battle on the big screen–and have set a theatrical pandemic record in so doing.
In just its second weekend, Godzilla vs. Kong has raked in nearly $70 million from 3,000 theaters in North America, according to The Hollywood Reporter, passing Tenet as the most successful domestic movie released during the COVID-19 crisis. The Warner Bros. blockbuster earned more than $13 million this last weekend, once again topping the box office charts.
Godzilla vs. Kong has earned nearly $360 million worldwide as of this writing, including the whopping $290 million it has pulled in overseas. Analysts expect the film to pass Tenet’s $365 million overall total sometime this week. That’s a lot of bananas.
Breaking down the international markets, the monster mash-up has earned more than $165 million in China, $16 million in Australia, nearly $16 million in Mexico, nearly $12 million in Taiwan and $11 million in Russia.
Warner Bros. is understandably pleased with the reaction to the movie so far. “We’re thrilled that Godzilla vs. Kong is bringing audiences back into theaters…and also delivering for our HBO Max subscribers here in the U.S.,” said Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman.
And another horror entry did well at the box office for the second consecutive week. The Unholy, from Sony/Screen Gems, finished third on last weekend’s scorecard, earning $2.4 million in 1,850 theaters, for a 10-day total of $6.7 million.
The Unholy–written, directed and produced by Evan Spiliotopoulus (in his directorial debut)–follows a hearing-impaired girl who is supposedly visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak and heal the sick. As people flock to see her, terrifying events unfold.
Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on the box-office success of Godzilla vs. Kong and The Unholy.