‘Godzilla’ Destroying U.S. Box Office for $90 Million Opening


Godzilla” has the goods, showing plenty of firepower on its first day to wind up with an opening weekend in the $90 million range in the U.S.

Early estimates for the iconic monster showed the Warner Bros.-Legendary Pictures’ title tracking to gross about $35 million on Friday. That figure included an impressive $9.3 million from latenight Thursday screenings.

“Godzilla” will likely wind up dropping at least 10% on Saturday to the $31 million range, then pull in around $22 million Sunday.

So the monster has a decent shot at cracking the $90 million barrier for its opening  weekend — surmounted twice so far this year by Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with $95 million and Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” with $91.6 million.

The numbers for “Godzilla,” budgeted at $160 million, will dwarf Sony’s 1998 version, starring Matthew Broderick, opened with $44 million in the U.S. and wound up grossing $136 million domestically and $380 million worldwide.

Warner Bros. also saw solid Thursday numbers from its international markets with $16.2 million for a cumulative total of $20 million from more than 30 markets, led by $2 million in the U.K. from sneak showings, $1.7 million in Russia and $1.4 million in Mexico. As of Friday, “Godzilla” will be on about 16,000 international screens in 64 markets.

“Godzilla,” which launches at 3,952 domestic locations, has received a masssive  marketing push in recent weeks with the studio emphasizing the monster as the focus of the movie, which stars Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe and Bryan Cranston. Those efforts should keep “Godzilla” from fading from the moviegoers’ minds as Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” bows over Memorial Day weekend.

Disney’s inspirational sports drama “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, looks likely to be obliterated in its opening with $3.5 million on Friday for an opening weekend around $10 million to $12 million.

Universal’s R-rated hit comedy “Neighbors” should lead the rest of the pack with a a decline in the 47% range for a second weekend of about $26 million following a Friday in the $8 million range. The film opened to an impressive $49 million last weekend and should be above $90 million by the end of Sunday.

Sony’s third frame of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ took in about $4.4 million on Friday for a weekend in the $14 million to $15 million range. That should place the U.S. total around $170 million in 17 days and the worldwide total at well over $600 million with China’s total up to $65 million heading into this weekend.



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  1. Michael Whitman says:

    Godzilla King of all monsters he will live in our hearts forever. Godzilla no politics fights against the ignorance and folly of man. part of us wants to be just like him and fight back against the ridiculous injustice of society towards humanity and mother nature. Excellent story line and realistic special effects makes you feel for the characters.I find myself rooting for King Godzilla . at one time or another would not we all just like to do a bunch of stomping around DESTROY

  2. Joe Fibbitz. says:

    My all-time favorite movie was Lawrence of Arabia, followed by Citizen Kane–in juxtaposition to what many agree. I think Titanic was overrated and hyped out to eternity by Hollywood sycophants.
    It is clear, however, that Godzilla (2014) will become the greatest movie of all time in spite of what the spineless bourgeois think and I guess David Lean and Orson Welles will just have to spin in their graves and James Cameron will cry.

    • big daddy D says:

      Lawrence of Arabia was epic..citizen Kane did nothing for me..don’t get me started on Titanic..I refused to see it based on the fangirl foolishness of the whole thing alone. Looking forward to seeing Godzilla, but I don’t think it’ll match the 2.7 billion done by Avatar..not by a long shot.

  3. Anthony Clay says:

    movie looks awful tho in previews. its sooo obvious cranston will die then that kickass hack will take over the movie and suck the life out of it.

  4. Julienne says:

    Who ever greenlit the “Million Dollar Arm,” project, should be released from their decision making position.

  5. Godzilla is doing incredible today May 16th. Selling out auditoriums in all 4 theatres that I went to. People happy as can be giving it an A rating. So very happy that audiences love Godzilla.

  6. Chris says:

    We haven’t seen an American Godzilla since the disastrous 98 one. I’d think most people have forgotten about that one thankfully so of course they would be “oblivious”. Don’t worry, dudebro splosion fest 2014 version will be in theaters coming soon. God forbid a kaiju movie is successful!

    • I love the 1998 Godzilla and own 2 copies of it since we wore the first one out , watching it so many times. Plus we own the marketing toy Godzilla from that movie. You should lighten up a little. I was at the theatre today and Godzilla is selling out auditoriums left and right at every theatre. So I guess you are wrong.

  7. This is absurd. A movie redone a hundred times and people are friggin oblivious.

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