The competition was left in the dust as “Godzilla” stomped its way to the top of the chart with one of the biggest debuts of the year.
The monster movie produced by Legendary Pictures and released by Warner Bros. crushed all expectations, earning an impressive $93.2 million at the domestic box office this weekend. The famed lizard also opened in many overseas markets, where it earned an additional $103 million. Godzilla’s domestic debut ranks second in 2014: just behind Captain America’s $95 million debut in April.
Moviegoers were willing to pay extra to see Godzilla, as 3D showings accounted for 51 percent of revenue. That includes $14.1 million earned at IMAX theatres, which is the biggest haul so far this year for IMAX.
The audience for Godzilla was 58 percent male, and 60 percent were 25 years of age or older. They awarded the movie a “B+” CinemaScore, which could indicate mixed word-of-mouth. Speaking of which, my review for “Godzilla” should be up later today.
The success may be short-lived however, as “Godzilla” faces stiff competition next weekend from “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
In second place, “Neighbors” fell 47 percent to an estimated $26 million. that’s a huge drop, but so far Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy has earned $91.5 million, and should pass $100 million.this week.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” continued its nosedive with another 53 percent drop. After a $16.8 million weekend, Spidey’s 17-day total is $172.2 million. I’m guessing the fine folks at Sony re not happy with that. But things are better overseas where Amazing 2 has earned $461 million. However, with the X-Men nearly here, expect another steep drop over Memorial Day weekend.
The bomb of the week award goes to Disney. Playing at 3,019 locations, “Million Dollar Arm” disappointed with $10.5 million, landing in fourth place. This does not bode well for Jon Hamm’s film career.
The movie’s audience was 54 percent male and 63 percent over the age of 25. They gave it a good “A-” CinemaScore. If nothing else, “Million Dollar Arm” should provide some counterprograming for the next couple of weeks.
Your top five movies this weekend:
1. Godzilla – $93.2 million
2. Neighbors – $26 million
3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $16.8 million
4. Million Dollar Arm – $10.58 million
5. The Other Woman – $6.3 million
And next week…