Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Will Try to Steal ‘Logan’s’ Crown

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Kong: Skull Island” will try to prove it’s king of the box office jungle this weekend, but the giant ape faces fierce competition from Wolverine. Fresh off its blockbuster opening, Fox’s “Logan” shows no sign of slowing down. The superhero movie is on pace to pull in $45 million in its sophomore weekend. It has already racked up nearly $105 million domestically.

“Kong: Skull Island” should benefit from strong reviews. The film currently enjoys an impressive 80% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics hailing the picture’s creature effects and eye for spectacle. Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman wrote that the film was 10 times better than “Jurassic World” and hailed it as “…a rousing and smartly crafted primordial-beastie spectacular.”

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Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. backed the project, which is intended to be the second installment in a planned monster series. The first film, 2014’s “Godzilla,” made $529.1 million globally on a $160 million budget. A sequel is planned for 2019, with another mashup movie, intended to pit King Kong against the giant lizard slated, to come out in 2020.

First, however, “Kong: Skull Island” needs to work. The film is eyeing a solid $45 million to $50 million domestic launch and will get an assist from foreign markets. It bows in 65 territories and should pull in another $65 million overseas. A China opening is scheduled for later this month. It needs to be a global blockbuster. All that ape rampage wasn’t cheap. “Kong: Skull Island” carries a hefty $185 million budget. It will need to do well north of $300 million to have a chance of making money.

Its release also comes as Legendary Entertainment is making big changes. Founder Thomas Tull was pushed out last month after a string of film bombs. The studio lost millions on the likes of “Seventh Son,” “Blackhat,” and last month’s “The Great Wall.” The company was purchased by China’s Dalian Wanda Group for a reported $3.5 billion in early 2016, and is now looking to prove to its new corporate parent that it can show more consistency in picking hits. Proving King Kong still sits on his throne will go a long way towards doing just that.

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  1. LOL says:

    America loves soulless blockbusters that keeps its citizens in perennial infantilism.

  2. Rudy Mario says:

    Looking forward to see this movie. As long as they have not overdone the fx…..

  3. adam says:

    Is it just me or is Tom Hiddleston just not convincing as a rifle-toting bad ass?

    • harry georgatos says:

      Tom Hiddleston is supposed to be the experience sharpshooter but has very little to do. Hiddleston and Brie Larson were just going through the motions in a lazy manner.

  4. harry georgatos says:

    The star of this B grade creature feature is the island itself with monsters lurking in every possible position of prey. The cinematography piggy backs on the visual style of APOCALYPSE NOW and succeeds on a superficial level of imitation. The human characters stink. Photographer Brie Larson watches her crew dismembered and eaten alive to find her in the next scene taking photos with a big smile on her face. The script is beyond stupid. With the last GODZILLA movie it was shown that one can have good human characters amongst the monster mayhem. KONG has really smelly dialogue that is truly cringe inducing. Still the monster mayhem is as good as it gets and will open number one in markets around the globe. Stay till the end credits hinting to an inevitable monster mash-up.

    • Lucky says:

      I’ve heard similar statements to back up your Kong musings, but I must take issue with “..Godzilla movie it was shown can have good human characters”. That movie’s human characters were some of the worst ever seen in a blockbuster. The only reason Godzilla worked was because of Godzilla, and they seem to have carried on that tradition with Kong and Skull Island.

      • harry georgatos says:

        The actors in Godzilla come off looking like method actors compared to some of the performances in KONG. John C Reilly is the only one to register a personality where Samuel L Jackson is Samuel L Jackson giving the same performance that he gives in these type of films. Brie Larson and Hiddleston give lazy performances and are only there for the paycheck.

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