Godzilla x Kong: New Empire’ Smashes $80M Domestic, $194M Worldwide Debut

Monstrous Titans Shatter Records Across Global Cinemas.

by Nouman Rasool
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Godzilla x Kong: New Empire’ Smashes $80M Domestic, $194M Worldwide Debut
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Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's latest cinematic endeavor, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire," has exceeded all expectations, marking a significant triumph for the studios in the wake of "Dune: Part II's" global success, which recently surpassed the $600 million milestone.

This monumental achievement provided a much-needed boost to the Easter weekend box office, showcasing the enduring appeal of cinematic giants. "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" roared into theaters with an impressive $80 million domestic opening, shattering initial projections that ranged between $45 million and $55 million.

This remarkable performance secured its place as the second highest-grossing debut in the MonsterVerse, a notable accomplishment for the franchise's fifth installment. Additionally, the film earned the distinction of recording the fifth-largest Easter opening ever, as per Sunday's estimates.

Global Box Office Domination

On the international front, the film garnered a whopping $194 million, bolstered by a formidable $114 million from 64 markets, including a standout $44 million in China. This feat positions "Godzilla x Kong" as a formidable contender in the international box office, particularly in China, where it is poised to outperform "Dune: Part II" as the highest-grossing Hollywood title of 2024.

The film also set records in Mexico with a franchise-best $12.8 million opening and achieved Legendary's most successful debut in India with $5.5 million. Despite mixed reviews from critics, audience reception has been overwhelmingly positive, with an A- CinemaScore and 4.5 stars on PostTrack.

The film's appeal spans across diverse demographics and age groups, with a significant portion of tickets purchased by males and individuals aged 35 and under. Legendary's chairman of worldwide production, Mary Parent, expressed enthusiasm over the film's performance, highlighting its success in captivating both core fans and a broader, younger audience.

Under the direction of Adam Wingard, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" features a star-studded cast including Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and Dan Stevens. The narrative explores the iconic monsters setting aside their rivalry to confront a new threat endangering their existence.

The success story of "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" is part of a broader narrative of achievement for Warner Bros. and Legendary, with "Dune: Part II" also making a significant impact globally. In contrast, competing titles like Sony's "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" experienced a significant drop, highlighting the dominance of "Godzilla x Kong" in the current cinematic landscape.

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