‘Kong: Skull Island’ Crowned King of Friday Box Office With $20 Million

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Kong: Skull Island” is king of the Friday box office.

The monster movie from Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment picked up $20.2 million in receipts after Friday viewings were counted, on its way to a $54 million opening weekend from 3,846 locations. With “Kong” standing alone as the only major release this weekend, “Logan” landed in second, earning $10 million from 4,071 spots. Fox’s Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman was expected to put the pressure on “Kong,” but now looks to land solidly in second with an additional $36 million or so by the end of the weekend. Universal and Blumhouse’s “Get Out” earned a strong $6 million in its third weekend on the way to $21 million from 3,143 theaters. The horror-thriller — written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele — should easily round out the weekend’s top three.

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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 currently holds a certified fresh 78% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Overseas, “Kong” earned $15.5 million on Friday after opening in 20 additional markets. Currently screening in 65 international markets total, the movie has made $27.5 million abroad.

“Logan” was a box office beast during its opening weekend last week when it earned $88.4 million. The week before, “Get Out” was on top with $30.5 million. Although the total grosses this year have trailed 2016, 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. isv says:

    I liked Skull Island but I hated the new king kong. Is an expressionless CGI character. The kong that Wetta Digital did in 2005 was a much better CGI creation. It was expressive and it looked like a real gorilla. This is like the black and white Kong, totally unrealistic. It looked like all the orks of Warcraft: BAD.

  2. Ariel Casanova says:

    I’m glad Kong is doing well. I plan on seeing it quite soon! I hope it holds up to it’s hype. :D

  3. Marco says:

    Kong has been adjusted to making 60 million in it´s 1st weekend, LOGAN 39-40 million in it´s second weekend.
    Logan is by far the better movie, but Kong is a nice popcorn flick.

  4. Falconsnacks says:

    KONG: Skull Island was awesome, and that was due in large part to the incredible special effects done by Lucasfilms Industrial Light and Magic. Nobody does giant monsters (aka kaiju) like those guys.

  5. Tom says:

    Excellent publicity – the film will be a guaranteed success!

  6. Spider says:

    Saw this flick yesterday. Yes, it was entertaining and was as good as it needed to be!. I actually enjoyed this a bit more than 2014’s “Godzilla” and Godzilla is my all time favorite movie monster! Looks like WB and legendary DID learn from “Godzilla” audience reactions that they course corrected here in “Kong”……. Although, I noticed that HIddleston and Larson would constantly and extensively pose in their scenes, they did well. Sam Jackson and John Goodman were pretty good, but I think John C. Reilly stole the movie!

  7. Rudy Mario says:

    Predicted 50 million plus first weekend. Saw the movie. Solid B grade entertainer with some good moments. Good fx though the opening scene and some others could have been better. String supporting cast but the so called leafs – the low cost flight at tandt british guy and the American gal – both were disappointments and proved to be lust actors.

  8. zen4zoey says:

    Glad to see ‘Get Out’ doing so well over the course of three weekends. Opening over $33M, then still bringing in $28M and now $21M, speaks to the quality of the project and strong word-of-mouth. Congratulations to Jordan Peele and his cast and crew. I look forward to seeing more of his “social thrillers” in the coming years.

    • Cath says:

      The success of “Get Out” also shows that you can make a relatively inexpensive movie that audiences would want to see. It is well made and well acted. Obviously word of mouth has helped its success.

  9. Robert O'Dell says:

    People need to judge how well a film is doing by the response not by its comparison to its budget. If a film is making 80-90-100 million in a weekend then it is popular no matter how much it cost. Financially successful, no. But certainly a success with moviegoers. Commenters seem to want to overlook that.

    • Cath says:

      At least with this movie you can see where the money went. The creatures all look real. The settings are gorgeous and from what I understand they were mostly authentic, not green screen. Real costs money. Figure in the salaries of the director, actors, stunt people, support staff and the huge (end credits were very long) number of digital technicians, of course the movie wasn’t cheap.

  10. JimG says:

    Yeah, BoxOfficeMojo has it at 185m, and I googled it and that said 190m. The film though looks to be over performing, and Logan seems to be underperforming. Not that what ever NA numbers Kong does is going to matter. I’m guessing WB is betting on overseas. Uni cares too; they just opened it in Orlando.

  11. Torah says:

    Variety, ‘Kong’ cost $185 million to make (excluding marketing costs), not $135 million. Considering its actual budget; the opening isn’t that great.

    • Moses5 says:

      It’s an okay opening at best, if it holds true to Monday actuals report. Let’s just hope it doesn’t shed its audience the way Logan did this weekend. I heard Logan was a weak story and I’m starting to believe the word of mouth from people I talked to last week. People certainly stayed away this week in bigger numbers than forecasts predicted.

      • Torah says:

        Re: Logan has 94% on RT (both critics & audiences) & A cinema score. Also Logan has an R rating; Kong has a PG13 rating, so that’s why there’s a decline. Kong has like a week to do well before Beauty and the Beast comes out. Then the week after, Power Rangers, Life & CHiPs all come out. I can see Kong probably making around $350 million worldwide which will probably make it a flop.

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