Godzilla: King of the Monsters Reigns at the Worldwide Box Office
Godzilla: King of the Box Office Over a Slow Weekend
Over the weekend 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' topped the box office although it came up short against projections. Disney's 'Aladdin' (2019) held well and Paramount's Elton John biopic, 'Rocketman', debuted slightly ahead of expectations.
Domestic Box Office weekend estimates (31 May - 2 June):
1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters $49.025m
2. Aladdin (2019) $42.335m
3. Rocketman $25m
4. Ma (2019) $18.26m
5. John Wick: Chapter 3 $11.1m
Godzilla: King of the Monsters:
WB's 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' topped the US and international box office over the weekend, scoring a $49.025m US debut and pulling in $130m across international markets for a worldwide debut of $179m.
While the $49m US debut was enough to top the charts, it was short of expectations. In 2014 Gareth Edward's 'Godzilla' kicked off what is now the Monsterverse with a $93.1m US debut (also a May release) and 2017's 'Kong:
Skull Island' opened to $61m, putting the latest movie in the series way off the pace. This could be a case of too many big movies geared towards similar audiences hitting theatres on such a frequent basis this year that moviegoers can't keep up? Plus, the scale of the marketing campaigns for some recent films has been so dominant that general audiences (the punters needed to hit $150m debuts) may not be aware of other movies until after the first weekend?
Guy Ritchie's live-action Disney re-imagining held well in its second weekend experiencing a -53.7% drop-off at the US box office, bringing in an additional $42.335m pushing its "domestic" total to $185m (international total $260m) for a worldwide haul of $445.9m. With a production budget of $183m plus a hefty marketing spend, the second live-action re-imagining to hit the screen from Disney in 2019 will need to generate approximately $650m worldwide to breakeven.
The third movie in this Disney series hits screens in July as the live-action re-imagining of 'The Lion King' looks to smash the box office.
Paramount's Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton and directed by Dexter Fletcher (who finished 'Bohemian Rhapsody') was on course for an $18-20m debut in the US but came in at $25m and $31.2m internationally for a total of $56.2m.
Universal and Blumhouse's 'Ma', starring Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis and Luke Evans, opened to $18.26m ($2.8m internationally) against a $5m production budget.
John Wick: Chapter 3:
'John Wick 3' experienced a -54.9% drop-off over its third weekend bringing its US gross to $125.7m and total worldwide cume to $221.6m making it the highest grossing movie in the series ('John Wick: Chapter Two' $171.5m).
Finally, 'Avengers: Endgame' now sits on a global haul of $2,713,201,784, just $74.76m shy of topping James Cameron's 'Avatar' (2009) - not adjusted for inflation.
Worldwide Box Office 2019 so far...
1. Avengers: Endgame $2,713,201,784
2. Captain Marvel $1,127,488,788
3. The Wandering Earth $699,760,773
4. How to Train Your Dragon 3 $519,383,105
5. Aladdin (2019) $445,932,174
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