Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Climbs Toward $47 Million Opening

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It’s mutant vs. beast as the “Logan” and “Kong: Skull Island” face-off continues at the weekend box office.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s King Kong movie should lead the pack in its opening weekend, according to Friday afternoon estimates. The tentpole looks to earn about $18 million on Friday (including the $3.7 million it made in Thursday previews) on its way to an opening in the $45 million to $50 million range from 3,846 theaters. The most recent number holds with earlier estimates.

Overseas, “Kong” has made $12 million in two days. U.K. leads international grosses for the film with $751,000, followed by Russia, UAE and South Korea.

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Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman make up the core cast of “Kong.” Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed the movie based on a script by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly with story assistance from John Gatins. The franchise reboot was made for an estimated $135 million, and currently holds a certified fresh 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Since it is the only major release this weekend, “Kong’s” toughest competition comes in the form of Hugh Jackman. “Logan” was a box office beast during its opening weekend last week when it earned $88.4 million. During its second frame, the film, from 20th Century Fox, is expected to earn about $40 million from 4,071 locations. Blumhouse and Universal’s third weekend of the horror thriller “Get Out” should land safely in third with about $20 million.

As of March 7, the total grosses for this year’s box office trailed 2016 by 2.8%. Next weekend, Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” is expected to help efforts made by “Logan,” “Kong” and “Get Out” to close the gap.

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  1. Bela Ghostly says:

    Hollyweird can’t make a movie without over produced special effects because the
    writing directing talent and originality just isn’t there anymore except from the old
    schoolers who are not given the opportunity much to make movies! they use them
    as props to give the movie at least one talented actor to watch instead of the no
    talent boring younger stars. Watch the original KING KONG instead!

  2. Truth Teller 2 says:

    It was such a terrible movie. The special effects were excellent but the story and the dialogue were terrible. It seems like the director wanted to film a Vietnam movie and the producers needed a kong film so they combined them into this monstrosity. There was nothing relatable to a modern audience. Children in the audience got restless within the first ten minutes. Tom Hiddleston is a good actor but his public showboating with Taylor Swift has taken away from his acting so it was Tom the celebrity on the the screen which was off putting to everyone I saw it with. Kudos to the special effects teams, sound and cinematography though, they saved it for me. Dialogue was atrocious, it was like a person having a conversation with themselves in their head. All in all, it was a shameless cash grab to milk the franchise. Avoid and wait for blu ray but if you do see it don’t take kids under 16, they will get bored.

  3. Je Vizzusi says:

    Since 1933 KING KONG still The 8th Wonder of the Movie World no matter what humans do to him! @JEV1A

  4. Rudy Mario says:

    Kong will slay Logan and Wolverine this week with 50m plus BO.

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