Godzilla has crossed $100M, only four and a half days after bowing in the nation’s theaters, bringing its worldwide cume to over $200M. The Warner Bros./Legendary picture did $7.5M on Monday, which pushed the monster forward to $100.8M. The beast opened last Thursday, starting at 7 PM to gross $9.3M. After that, it was off to the races as it was only a matter of how far past $80M it would rise. Estimates from other distributors had its grosses higher than Warner Bros. did after the 3-day weekend, but the studio reported that the cume (including Thursday’s gross) was at $93.1M. It took in $103M over the weekend internationally but was shut out in Austria by Neighbors and South Korea by local flick Obsession but was No. 1 in almost every other market.
The big question is what’s going to happen in this picture’s second weekend when Fox unleashes its big summer offering, X-Men: Days Of Future Past into theaters worldwide. It’s a holiday weekend in the states. Bets are on that X-Men will likely be a big late night opener … the screenings start at 10 p.m., compared to Godzilla‘s 7 p.m. launch so that means less screenings for X-Men. Still, the weekend could end up with a $100M haul. The franchise from Fox will also be releasing in over 100 countries over the weekend.
Remember, In the coming weeks every movie will have to face something more disruptive than Godzilla and X-Men: FIFA’s World Cup (football, known to Westerners as soccer) a worldwide tourney that begins on June 12 and doesn’t end until July 13th. Movie going is severely impacted by that.
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