‘Godzilla x Kong’ approaches $200 million, ‘Dune’ surpasses $600 million

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After three days of release, “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” ranks as the third highest-grossing film of the year. It has grossed an impressive $194 million worldwide in its opening weekend, ranking only behind “Dune: Part Two” ($626 million after five weeks of release) and “Kung Fu Panda 4” ($347 million). after four weeks of release) in terms of collection. total ticket sales.

The monster mashup, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment, started at the international box office with $114 million in 64 markets. It also far exceeded expectations in North America with $80 million in its first weekend of release. Overseas, China topped the list with $44 million, followed by Mexico with $12.8 million and India with $5.5 million.

“We wanted to offer something that would be very entertaining for audiences,” says “Godzilla x Kong” producer Mary Parent. “No one has a crystal ball. You can only hope and dream. Therefore, seeing this result on a global level is really good and exciting.”

The filmmaker of “Godzilla vs. Kong”, Adam Wingard, returned to direct “The New Empire”, starring Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry and Dan Stevens. Unlike previous iterations, which pit the creatures against each other, in this film Kong teams up with Godzilla to stop a mysterious threat from destroying the planet. It has a production budget of $135 million, so huge global ticket sales will be necessary to justify its high price. However, with this momentum, “The New Empire” is poised to eventually surpass its predecessor, “Godzilla vs. Kong” from 2021. The previous installment became a pandemic-era hit with $474 million worldwide, managing to surpass 2019’s “King of the Monsters” ($387 million) at one point. when many movie theaters were closed due to COVID.

Another Warner Bros. and Legendary hit, “Dune: Part Two,” strengthened its position as the biggest movie of the year with $626.1 million worldwide. Over the weekend, director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic generated $18.4 million in 73 international markets, bringing its international gross to $373.7 million. Outside of North America ($252 million), the largest territories are China ($46.5 million), the United Kingdom ($43 million), Germany ($34.3 million), and France ($34 million). .2 million dollars).

Separately, “Oppenheimer” debuted in its final market over the weekend, more than eight months after its initial release. Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning historical epic debuted in Japan with $2.5 million, ranking third in the country behind two local films, the horror title “Strange House” and the animated film “Haikyu!!” With these ticket sales, “Oppenheimer” reaches a staggering $965 million worldwide.

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