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Box Office Report: Godzilla and Kong, Sitting in a Tree...

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | April 12, 2021 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | April 12, 2021 |


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Even with a second-week slump, Godzilla vs. Kong stayed at the top of the American box office with ease, making over six times more than the second-place title, Nobody. The monster mash brought in $13.3 million this past weekend, bringing its total domestic gross so far to $69.5 million. Nice. Internationally, the movie is holding on strong and its current worldwide gross of $357.8 million is enough to make it the third highest-grossing title of 2021 so far. Granted, it’s still WAY behind the top title, the Chinese comedy Hi, Mom, which has a gargantuan gross of $824.2 million. But given our highly limited rewriting of what counted as ‘success’ last year, these numbers are nothing to sneeze at. It’s especially notable for those U.S. numbers since you can go watch Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max right now. Are audiences slowly returning to the cinema? Is it too early to tell? How is it mid-April already? So many questions…

Only two new movies debut in the top 15 this weekend. Lionsgate’s Voyagers, a non-Star Trek title about a multi-generational deep space mission starring Colin Farrell, debuted at number five with a piddling $1.35 million. That feels about right for a movie with middling reviews and little promotional build-up. Way down in the 22nd spot is the drama Moffie, a South African story about a gay teenager completing his compulsory military service with the South African Defence Force on the border with Angola in the 1980s. From 51 cinemas, Moffie made $15k.

Lots of release dates changed last week, mostly thanks to the reorganizing of Paramount’s slate. The 7th and 8th Mission: Impossible movies are now coming out in May 2022 and July 2023 respectively. Another Tom Cruise title, Top Gun: Maverick will be a November 2021 release, bypassing its previously changed date of Summer. Another Purge movie is set for July 2021 while that Dungeons and Dragons film starring Best Chris will appear in May 2023 rather than 2022. The release calendar is all about playing the long game, remember, and it feels even longer now thanks to the past year of, well, you know…

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.

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Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.



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