The new monster movie from Legendary and Warner Bros, Godzilla vs. Kong, is crushing the box office. The positively received crossover between two of cinema’s biggest monsters already had the best opening weekend for a post-pandemic movie. But now the movie is already up $285.4 million worldwide through Sunday. In fact, the overseas box office has actually made it the fastest studio movie to reach $200 million internationally since the pandemic began. For example, Tenet previously reached this goal in 24 days. It’s only taken Godzilla vs. Kong half as much time to do that – 12 days.
With these box office results, via Deadline, Godzilla vs. Kong is expected to make over $300 million worldwide. This is not only good for the MonsterVerse franchise, which previously saw a decline with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but for theaters in general. The industry hasn’t quite been the same since the pandemic started last year. But with numbers like these, it looks like things are starting to regain their momentum. And the fact it’s a Godzilla/King Kong movie to break these records is only an added bonus for monster fans around the world.
It’s also worth mentioning that Godzilla vs. Kong is currently the third highest-grossing movie internationally of 2021, and the number one highest-grossing domestically. It truly is a successful run, and even more so when you consider the film is also currently available on HBO Max. Here’s what Andrew Cripps, President of International Distribution, had to say:
“It’s no surprise that these two iconic titans would lead the charge back to theaters around the world and even exceed expectations in such a massive way. With our incredible numbers in China leading the charge, and powerful openings in such markets as Australia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, we’re looking forward to a robust theatrical run for Godzilla Vs. Kong across the globe.”
Meanwhile, Legendary Vice Chairman of Global Production, Mary Parent added the following statement:
“The global reception to the theatrical release of this film is a positive sigh for moviegoing as people continue to look towards entertainment in a pandemic world.”
Furthermore, Deadline added the following about the success Godzilla vs. Kong has had in IMAX:
“In IMAX, GVK has grossed $28M globally, that includes China’s 10-day cume of $18M. This is the biggest 10-day IMAX result of the Legendary franchise and is already nearly double the final IMAX China box office for Kong: Skull Island and KOTM.”
It appears that even in a post-pandemic world, Godzilla vs. Kong is still a big enough blockbuster to beat records set even by its predecessors. Hopefully these numbers spell good things for the future of the MonsterVerse franchise. Especially since they still have yet to confirm the development of any future installments.