One of the more anticipated movies of the summer, Legendary Pictures' reboot of the classic Toho Studios movie monster Godzilla (Warner Bros.) roared into theaters on Thursday night with a killer showing of $9.3 million from Thursday previews. That was added into the Friday gross of $38.5 million, which was on par with some of the other recent openers, but even with a slight drop on Saturday, it was still able to become the third movie to open with over $90 million in the past two months–following Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2–with an estimated $93.2 million take for the weekend.
Overseas, Godzilla had the biggest international opening of the year, bringing in $103 million in 64 markets with 3D screenings making up a whopping 51% of its weekend gross. Combined with the domestic earnings, Godzilla has already earned $196.2 million worldwide.
$14.1 million of Godzilla's domestic opening weekend came from its 352 IMAX screenings, the third-best showing for the format after last year's Iron Man 3 and the previous summer's The Avengers, while doing better in the format than last summer's Star Trek Into Darkness. Internationally, IMAX accounted for $7.5 million of Godzilla's grosses on 186 screens.
Reportedly budgeted at $160 million, Edwards' movie received a B+ CinemaScore from exit polls, and while reviews and word-of-mouth have been mixed, it should offer some strong competition for X-Men: Days of Future Past over Memorial Day weekend.
Sony Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took a slightly less dramatic plunge in its third weekend, dropping to third place with $16.8 million (down 53%) as it brought its domestic total to $172.2 million. Internationally, the movie took in another $31.5 million to bring its overseas total to $461 million, as its worldwide gross crossed the $600 million mark with $633 million. China alone took in another $13.5 million this weekend to bring the country's total for the movie up to $78.5 million.
Marvel Studios' Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Disney) crossed the $700 million mark globally this weekend as it fell just below Rio 2 domestically for eighth place with just under $3.8 million. The sequel's domestic gross of $250.6 million is edging closer to The LEGO Movie to become the top grossing movie of the year.
You can check out more of this weekend's box office estimates at ComingSoon.net.
Godzilla Roars Into Theaters with $93.2 Million - SuperHeroHype