OPENING: Godzilla (WB), monstrous hit with $93.1M; Million Dollar Arm (DIS), as expected with $10.5M; Chef (OPRD) expands to 72 theaters; The Immigrant (TWC) bows in 3 theaters.

godzilla-movie-poster-aaron-taylor-johnson-bryan-cranston-h-e13929226454575th UPDATE, MON. 2:26 PM: Final numbers are in and Godzilla came in at $93.1M in what was an incredible ride at the weekend box office for the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. With another $103.4M, the leaping lizard’s worldwide cume is almost $200M. Must say that this morning, it looked like Godzilla would be nearer to $93.4M to $93.8M as most other distribs had estimates higher. Neighbors came in a tad lower than Uni predicted again with $25M instead of $25.9M, dropping 49% in its sophomore frame but look at its cume: $90.5M in the U.S and worldwide $145.1M in two weeks time. The other two second weekenders were Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (which is a quality film, garnering an A CinemaScore) but fell 48%, and Mom’s Night Out fell hardest, down 59%. Meanwhile, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now at $172.1M; it’s overseas gross is more than double than it’s domestic take and it’s opened in all territories now. See international report on this and other films here in the international report.

Opening next weekend: X-Men: Days of Future Past (FOX), which is going to be huge, possibly a $100M opener; Blended (WB), a comedy that pairs old faithful Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and an expansion for Chef (OPRD) which has been performing deliciously in limited release. It stars Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara. The updated chart follows:

1). Godzilla (WB), 3,952 theaters / 3-day cume: $93.1M+ (includes $9.3M Thursday) / Per screen average: $23,580K / Wk 1

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2). Neighbors (UNI), 3,311 theaters (+32) / 3-day cume: $25 (-49%) / Per screen: $7,570 / Total cume: $90.5M / Wk 2

3). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) 3,991 theaters (-333) / 3-day cume: $16.8M (-53%) / Per screen: $4,210 / Total cume: $172.1M / Wk 3

4). Million Dollar Arm (DIS), 2,109 theaters / 3-day cume: $10.5M / Per screen: $3,483 / Wk 1

5). The Other Woman (FOX), 3,054 theaters (-252) / 3-day cume: $6.3M (-34%) / Per screen: $2,065 / Total cume: $71.6M / Wk 4

6). Heaven Is For Real (SONY), 2,893 theaters (-155) / 3-day cume: $4.3M (-41%) / Per screen: $1,514 / Total cume: $82.2M / Wk 5

7). Rio 2 (FOX), 2,371 theaters (-602) / 3-day cume: $3.7M (-26%) / Per screen: $1,577 / Total cume: $117.99M / Wk 6

8). Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DIS), 2,271 theaters (-430) / 3-day cume: $3.6M (-36%) / Per screen: $1,613 / Total cume: $250.5M / Wk 7

9). Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (FREE), 2,578 theaters (-80) / 3-day cume: $1.9M (-48%) / Per screen: $759 / Total cume: $6.5M / Wk 2

10). Moms’ Night Out (SONY), 1,046 (+2) / 3-day cume: 1.7M (-59%) / Per screen: $1,695 / Total cume: $7.2M / Wk 2

11). Divergent (LGF), 991 theaters (-242) / 3-day cume: $1.1M (-33%) / Per screen: $1,175 / Total cume: $146.7M / Wk 9

12). The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL), 630 theaters (-140) / 3-day cume: $1M (-33%) / Per screen: $1,653 / Total cume: $55.4M / Wk 11

13). Belle (FSL), 173 theaters (+128) / 3-day cume: $940K +93%) / Per screen: $5,436 / Total cume: $1.7M / Wk 3

14). God’s Not Dead (FREE), 780 theaters (-220) / 3-day cume: $737K (-48%) / Per screen: $946 / Total cume: $58.9M / Wk 9

15). Chef (OPRD), 72 theaters (+66) / 3-day cume: $708K (+246%) / Per screen: $9,843 / Total cume: $991,563 / Wk 2

16). Brick Mansions (REL), 724 theaters (-1,230) / 3-day cume: $506K (-69%) / Per screen: $699 / Total cume: $19.6M / Wk 4

17). The Lego Movie (WB), 355 theaters (-46) / 3-day cume: $499K (+2%) / Per screen: $1,407 / Total cume: $254.3M / Wk 15

18). Fading Gigolo (MILLENT), 356 theaters (+16) / 3-day cume: $398K (-46%) / Per screen: $1,120 / Total cume: $2.6M / Wk 5

19). Bears (DIS), 550 theaters (-663) / 3-day cume: $375K (-64%) / Per screen: $648 / Total cume: $16.8M / Wk 5

 

20). Draft Day (LGF), 495 theaters (-325) / 3-day cume: $369K (-56%) / Per screen: $747 / Total cume: $28.3M / Wk 6

4th UPDATE, SUN. 7:08 AM: Godzilla will end up the weekend probably around $93.2M after a 17% drop from Friday to Saturday. Nevertheless, the lizard did outstanding business this weekend for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, surpassing all expectations, with the best opening day of the year, beating Captain America: The Winter Soldier who — however — still holds the record as the weekend opener of 2014. It was the biggest May opener for the studio, the last one being Matrix Reloaded which opened to $91.4M in the same weekend in 2003.

“I really give credit to (Legendary Pics’ Thomas Tull on this thing,” said Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. “This was the project that he was passionate about making and he hired, which surprised a lot of people, Gareth Edwards. He turned out to be a brilliant, young director but before this he had made Monsters which he did the special effects on his own computer and only opened to $2.6M all in. To trust him with that was a big leap of faith and so you have to give credit to Thomas Tull for that. Legendary really stepped up to the plate.” Hey, his fellow Brit Rupert Wyatt did it for Rise of the Planet of the Apes a few years back, so he is in good company now. Fellman also noted that Godzilla was really big in the urban and Hispanic markets, “and the large format theaters PLF, led by IMAX, were amazing,” he said. Indeed, they were (see below for the stats).

One note: There is an ongoing legal dispute with filmmakers Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Doug Davison who brought the property to Legendary but did not receive credit on the film. That is currently winding its way to court.

Related: International Box Office: ‘Godzilla’ Demolishing Competition

The marketing campaign on this B+ CinemaScore version of Godzilla must also be noted, and those who launched it and worked on the film should be given proper credit for its sizeable success. The campaign was overseen by the marketing team Sue Kroll, Blair Rich and Massey Rafani at Warner Bros with Legendary Pictures of Emily Castel, Barnaby Legg, Matthew Marolda and Peter Stone. The audio-visual campaign and some of the key art was done by a team at Trailer Park (Matt Brubaker). Most of the key art — specifically the main campaign poster and outdoor key art, the IMAX poster, and the eight graphic wild posters — were done by Ignition. Well done all around. Kudos, too, for the promotional campaign from Gene Garlock at the studio who worked with Legendary. The WB pr depart. even put out roadside signs in San Fran warning of Godzilla crossings. The film was produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Brian Rogers and Mary Parent and directed by the aforementioned young talent Gareth Edwards from a script by Max Borenstein. Alex Garcia, the Legendary exec who was an exec prod on the film, worked closely with the writer and director on the development of the film.

Related: ‘Godzilla’ Sequel In The Works At Warner Bros. & Legendary

Next weekend, Godzilla will have to contend with X-Mens opening. Expect a strong front-loaded couple of nights as well for it as well, so the lizard’s second weekend will be telling, but internationally, the beast is … well, a beast … best opener so far of the year. The picture is playing strong on IMAX both domestically and overseas, chalking up the best numbers of the year in the states. It nabbed $14.1M on IMAX or 15% of the opening gross, which according to IMAX’s Phil Groves, exec vp/global distribution, is the best opener of the year so far. Yes, I asked … and look at the disparity:  It was only one screen difference in the number of runs as Spidey, which opened to $8.9M to compare numbers. Not … even … close.  Enough about the lizard, onto the rest of the pack.

Related: Specialty B.O.: ‘Chef’ Sweetens The Pot As Marion Cotillard-Led ‘Immigrant’ Lands Stateside

Million Dollar Arm (DIS), opened at around $10.58M, making me wonder if in a quieter weekend, it might have done better as this little film got an A- CinemaScore. Dropping 47% in its second weekend out was Neighbors who holds the No. 2 spot and is expected to gross around $25.6M to $25.9M for Universal Pictures to raise its cume to $91.3M to $91.5M. Excellent business for this Seth Rogen comedy. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in its third weekend, is estimated to bring in anywhere from $16M to $17M to raise its cume to around $172M. Both Neighbors and ASM2 are still enjoying international runs (will be updating international numbers as they roll in today; click on the above link for latest). The rest of the Top Ten’s story is told in their numbers. For Chef and The Immigrant grosses, see Brian Brooks’ Specialty Box Office story. The chart follows:

1). Godzilla (WB), 3,952 theaters / $38.5M Fri. / $32.1M Sat. (-17%) / $22.6M Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $93M+ (includes $9.3M Thursday) / Per screen average: $23K / Wk 1

2). Neighbors (UNI), 3,311 theaters (+32) / $8.46M Fri. / $9.9M Sat. (+17%) / $6.5M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $25.6M to $25.9M (-47%) / Total cume: $91.3M to $91.5M / Wk 2

3). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) 3,991 theaters (-333) / $4.5M Fri. / $7.3M Sat. (+62%) / $4.78M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $16M to $17M (-53%) / Total cume: $172M / Wk 3

4). Million Dollar Arm (DIS), 2,109 theaters / $3.4M Fri. / $4.3M Sat. (+24%) / $2.8M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $10.58M / Wk 1

5). The Other Woman (FOX), 3,054 theaters (-252) / $2M Fri. / $2.65M Sat. (+30%) / $1.59M Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $6.3M (-32%) / Total cume: $71.66 / Wk 4

6). Heaven Is For Real (SONY), 2,893 theaters (-155) / $1.25M Fri. / $1.8M Sat. (+45%) / $1.3M Sun. (-29%) / 3-day cume: $4.4M (-41%) / Total cume: $82.2M / Wk 5

7). Rio 2 (FOX), 2,371 theaters (-602) / $865K Fri. / $1.67M Sat. (+95%) / $1.2M Sun. (-28%) / 3-day cume: $3.78M (-25%) / Total cume: $118M / Wk 6

8). Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DIS), 2,271 theaters (-430) / $1M Fri. / $1.6M Sat. (+60%) / $969K Sun. (-40%) / 3-day cume: $3.76M (-37%) / Total cume: $250.5M / Wk 7

9). Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (FREE), 2,578 theaters (-80) / $445K Fri. / $850K Sat. (+95%) / $595K Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $1.89M (-50%) / Total cume: $6.5M / Wk 2

10). Moms’ Night Out (SONY), 1,046 theaters (+2) / $617K Fri. / $725K Sat. (+17%) / $504K Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $1.89M (-56%) / Total cume: $7.3M / Wk 2

3rd UPDATE, SATURDAY, 11:05 PM: This has been a roller coaster of a ride with Godzilla dipping greater than expected on Saturday night, with a 16%-19% estimated drop from Friday, which means its total cume for Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures will come in more along the lines of $92M to $94M instead of the $98M (an estimate that was predicated on a 10% drop). No matter what $90M+ number it ends up at, these guys have a huge hit. godzilla-movie-poster-aaron-taylor-johnson-bryan-cranston-h-e1392922645457Going into the weekend, it was thought that Godzilla would open over $70M+ based on tracking. I figured it would be around $80M, at least. The lizard leaped past all expectations. It will be interesting to see what next weekend brings when the next X-Men enters the marketplace. Right now, it’s burning up international markets. This weekend’s other opener, Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, is still on track to gross a three-day cume of $10.58M. More to come when more reliable numbers roll in. Stay tuned and will update again early in the AM.

2nd UPDATE, SATURDAY, 6:47 AM: The Lizard is leaping. After the morning dust cleared, Godzilla showed a stronger than expected Friday late night take of $38.5M+ and is now estimated to haul in $98M+ after the three-day weekend. Warner Bros. touted that it beat Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($36.9M) to have the best opening day of the 2014. Yes, but it’s early in the summer guys and X-Men is around the corner so beat your chests while you can, I guess. X-Men: Days of Future Past with Hunger Games‘ heroine Jennifer Lawrence bows next weekend; Godzilla has a B+ CinemaScore so it’s probable that Godzilla will surpass Spidey domestically. With incredible international numbers continuing to roll in, Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures has a monstrous worldwide hit on their hands. Late night numbers were hot as fire and pushed it past $36M, surprising everyone this AM. In 352 IMAX locales, the lizard has grossed $6.2M of that — or about 16% of that total and has taken in a high per screen average. Warner Bros. also noted this AM that it has become the largest IMAX opener of the year to date best Spidey which took in $3.88M last month. This picture is a natural play for the large-screen and 3-D formats. Tremendous marketing job on this one with smartly done teaser and full trailers and fun promotional tie-ins. Right now, figuring on a 10% decline Saturday, but if it does better, we’re looking at a possible $100M 3-day. Last weekend, Neighbors only dropped 9% Friday to Saturday and pushed it weekend higher to $49M.

Speaking of which, for this genre, the Universal comedy is kicking booty with a nice hold to take in another $26M+ in its second weekend in play; it’s cume is estimated at $91.8M right now. And The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks more like a $15.5M to $16M weekend after a $4.5M Friday night take. It still will end the three-day with about $171M+ and is inching towards I’d say maybe $215M to $220M now domestically so will have to make up the rest of what it needs to in international markets. Simply put, it’s playing out and the lizard has taken center stage.

QPX.1280x720Million Dollar Arm, even with an A- CinemaScore, will open to only around $10.6M this weekend for Disney. The studio had hoped that this would be Cool Runnings set in the world of baseball. Disney’s other Top Ten offering, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (a Marvel movie) will top $250M domestically after the three-day though, reaching that after seven weeks out. In their second weekends, Moms’ Night Out (SONY) dropped 53% and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (FREE) is off 50%. Their total cumes will end up with only $7.48M and $6.5M, respectively, after this weekend. The Other Woman from Fox is still in the Top Five and will see its cume raise to $71.9M while Sony has a certifiable hit with Heaven is For Real which will climb well past $82M after the 3-day. The chart follows:

1). Godzilla (WB), 3,952 theaters / $38.5M Fri. / 3-day cume: $98M+ (includes $9.3M Thursday) / Per screen average: $24,835K / Wk 1

2). Neighbors (UNI), 3,311 theaters (+32) / $8.3M to $8.5M Fri. / 3-day cume: $265M+ (-46%) / Total cume: $91.6M / Wk 2

3). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) 3,991 theaters (-333) / $4.5M Fri. / 3-day cume: $15.5M to $16M (-55%) / Total cume: $171M+ / Wk 3

4). Million Dollar Arm (DIS), 2,109 theaters / $3.4M Fri. / 3-day cume: $10.58M / Wk 1

5). The Other Woman (FOX), 3,054 theaters (-252) / $2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $6.2M to $6.5M (-32%) / Total cume: $71.75M / Wk 4

6). Heaven Is For Real (SONY), 2,893 theaters (-155) / $1.25M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4.5M to $4.7M (-39%) / Total cume: $82.5M / Wk 5

7). Rio 2 (FOX), 2,371 theaters (-602) / $865K Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.76M (-25%) / Total cume: $118M / Wk 6

8). Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DIS), 2,271 theaters (-430) / $1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $3.76M (-39%) / Total cume: $250M+ / Wk 7

9). Moms’ Night Out (SONY), 1,046 theaters (+2) / $617K Fri. / 3-day cume: $2M to $2.2M (-53%) / Total cume: $7.48M / Wk 2

10). Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (FREE), 2,578 theaters (-80) / $445K Fri. / 3-day cume: $1.9M (-50%) / Total cume: $6.5M / Wk 2

NOTEWORTHY: Chef (OPRD), 72 theaters (+66) / $200K Fri. /  3-day cume: $700K / Per screen average: $9,700K / Total cume: $990K / Wk 2

The Immigrant (TWC), 3 theaters / $12K Fri. / 3-day cume: 43K / Per screen: $14,309 / Wk 1

PREVIOUS, FRIDAY 10:47 PM: Godzilla is beating all expectations tonight with a $36M Friday to push its expected 3-day cume to a monstrous $90M+. The Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures pic is just demolishing the box office right now, thanks to a killer marketing campaign that teased audiences exactly to the right degree. Amazing that the monster is still popular a full 60 years after its introduction, and it’s come a long way from a man walking around in a rubbGodzilla 2014er suit. The CGI eye candy, which cost $195M (although those with a vested interest say $160M), is playing well on IMAX screens. It also is opening around the world at the same time to huge numbers, as I reported earlier here. This opening comes after a $9.3M Thursday late-night bow that pushed its estimates higher today. Its CinemaScore is a B+, matching that of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, now in third place after three weeks to take in an estimated $16.5M more for the weekend. Spidey’s cume is expected to reach around $172M+ this weekend and will definitely cross $600M worldwide. It needs to reach that magical $755M number to make a profit but Godzilla has definitely taken out more than its share of the domestic market, having scooped up the young male demo.

million-dollar-arm-jon-hamm-636-380Meanwhile, after enduring disappointing sneaks last Saturday, Disney’s Million Dollar Arm struck out and is expected to gross only around $10.5M-$10.8M for the three-day weekend. Sorry, guys. Heard it is a quality pic, too. And, guess what: its CinemaScore just came in with an A-. Despite Godzilla‘s shadow, Neighbors only dropped 45% in its sophomore frame and will have consumed about $92.5M after another party weekend. Chef and The Immigrant estimates are below as well. As always, numbers and positions of the Top 10 may change in the AM. Here’s how the chart looks now:

1). Godzilla (WB), 3,952 theaters / $36M Fri. / 3-day cume: $90M+ (includes $9.3M Thursday) / Per screen average: $23K / Wk 1

2). Neighbors (UNI), 3,311 theaters (+32) / $8.8M to $9.0M Fri. / 3-day cume: $26M (-45%) / Total cume: $91.5M / Wk 2

3). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (SONY) 3,991 theaters (-333) / $4.6M to $4.8M Fri. / 3-day cume: $16.5M (-54%) / Total cume: $172M+ / Wk 3

4). Million Dollar Arm (DIS), 2,109 theaters / $3.5M Fri. / 3-day cume: $10.5M / Wk 1

5). The Other Woman (FOX), 3,054 theaters (-252) / $2M Fri. / 3-day cume: $6.5M (-32%) / Total cume: $71.7M / Wk 4

6). Heaven Is For Real (SONY), 2,893 theaters (-155) / $1.3M Fri. / 3-day cume: 4.5M (-39%) / Total cume: $82.3M / Wk 5

7). Rio 2 (FOX), 2,371 theaters (-602) / $925K Fri. / 3-day cume: $4M (-16%) / Total cume: $118.2M / Wk 6

8). Captain America: The Winter Soldier (DIS), 2,271 theaters (-430) / $1.1M Fri. / 3-day cume: $4M (-29%) / Total cume: $251M / Wk 7

9). Moms’ Night Out (SONY), 1,046 theaters (+2) / $672K Fri. / 3-day cume: $2.2M (-48%) / Total cume: $7.6M / Wk 2

10). Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (FREE), 2,578 theaters (-80) / $470K Fri. / 3-day cume: $1.9M (-48%) / Total cume: $6.5M / Wk 2

NOTEWORTHY: Chef (OPRD), 72 theaters (+66) / $196K Fri. /  3-day cume: $695K / Per screen average: $10K / Total cume: $1M / Wk 2

The Immigrant (TWC), 3 theaters / $12K Fri. / 3-day cume: 43K / Per screen: $14,198 / Wk 1