At long last… The King of the Monsters is here!
Unfortunately States side most moviegoers only remember the character from Roland Emmerich’s 1998 craptacular film starring Matthew Broderick. Now Hollywood is taking another shot at the character thanks to Legendary Pictures and director Gareth Edwards.
It won’t be easy earning back the $160 million budget, but “Godzilla” has a lot going for it: The film stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen. The film should also benefit from a lack of competition this weekend: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” continues to drop, while “Neighbors” may have peaked last week.
Reviews for “Godzilla” have been solid so far. As of Friday morning, the film sits at 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
And according to Fandango, “Godzilla” had stronger presales than “World War Z,” “Prometheus” and “Thor: The Dark World.” Playing at 3,952 locations, “Godzilla” should easily crush the competition, winning the weekend with around $55 million. But don’t be shocked if it goes higher thanks to good word-of-mouth.
“Godzilla” is also opening in 64 international markets this weekend, except China where fans have to wait until June. And strangely enough, Japan has to wait until July to see their favorite atomic monster.
Another interesting note: “Godzilla” is the final “original” movie under the Legendary/Warner Bros. partnership. A relationship which goes back nearly a decade and started with “Batman Begins” in 2005. From now on, Legendary is working with Universal pictures.
I know there were a lot of politics involved, but I think Warners made a huge mistake cutting ties with Legendary.
But if big summer blockbusters isn’t your cup of tea, then Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” is the movie for you. The baseball flick is perfect counterprogramming for people who don’t like giant lizards.
“Million Dollar Arm” tells the true story of a sports agent J. B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) who goes to India to recruit cricket players to become Major League Baseball pitchers. The film also stars Lake Bell and Bill Paxton, and was directed by Craig Gillespie.
Although its been a while, the studio does have a history with inspirational sports movies: Much of Disney’s marketing campaign mentions “Miracle,” “The Rookie” and “Remember the Titans.” Good movies to be sure, but “Million Dollar Arm” won’t be as successful. Disney is dropping “Million Dollar Arm” at 3,019 locations, but if it opens over $20 million, I’ll be shocked.