April 4, 2021
The domestic box office renaissance got a big boost from two cultural monsters as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment’s Godzilla vs. Kong destroyed the underwhelming theatrical weekend norm, generating an estimated $32.2 million over three three days through April 4, and $48.5 million over five days across 3,000 screens operating at 25% capacity. The tally easily surpassed previous Warner pandemic frontrunners Tenet ($20.2 million), Wonder Woman 1984 ($16.7 million) and Tom & Jerry ($14 million).
The tally is equally impressive considering all four movies were available for free simultaneously to subscribers on HBO Max.
Godzilla vs. Kong, which has totaled more than $285.4 million worldwide since its international release March 25, performed just below the franchise’s previous release, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which generated $47.7 million in the first 72 hours of release across more than 4,000 screens in pre-pandemic 2019. Tenet continues to lead the pandemic-era box office with more than $363 million in global ticket sales.
“The global reception to the theatrical release of this film is a positive sign for moviegoing as people continue to look toward entertainment in a post-pandemic world,” Mary Parent, vice chairman of global production, at Legendary, said in a statement.
Other top-performing titles included Screen Gems’ The Unholy with $3.2 million across 1,850 screens; the previous week’s chart topper, Nobody (Universal Pictures), with $3 million ($11.8 million total); Disney/Pixar’s Raya and the Last Dragon with $2 million ($32.2 million); Tom & Jerry (Warner) with $1.4 million ($39.5 million); newcomer The Girl Who Believes in Miracles (Atlas Distribution) with $580,000; The Courier (Roadside) with $452,000 ($4.2 million); Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking with $380,000 ($12.2 million); Universal’s The Croods: A New Age with $210,000 ($56.3 million); and Sony Pictures Classic’s French Exit with $190,000.