The first weekend of Godzilla vs. Kong at the domestic box office coincides with the film’s debut in China, but it will still be a solid start.
Godzilla vs. Kong The opening of the 5-day domestic box office is not expected to coincide with the film’s debut in China, but it will still be a healthy start amid the pandemic. As one of Warner Bros. ‘most anticipated releases of 2021, Godzilla vs. Kong It will air on HBO Max the same day it opens in theaters in the US Despite being available to watch at home, there is a lot of interest in seeing how the film performs at the box office. With the reopening of more theaters (including those in key markets such as New York and Los Angeles) and the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, Godzilla vs. Kong it could be a barometer as theaters seek to begin a path to recovery.
Before its US debut, Godzilla vs. Kong opened in various international markets, raising $ 122 million worldwide. About $ 70 million of that came from China alone. Obviously that’s just a fraction of what Godzilla vs. Kong would have done in a pre-COVID world, but the figure was actually a new record for the highest international box office opening during the pandemic (surpassing Tenet $ 53 million). Under the circumstances, it’s a great start. Nationally, the projections are not so optimistic, but there is still reason for optimism.
By THR, the expectation is Godzilla vs. Kong It will earn $ 30 million domestically during its first five days (the movie opens Wednesday, March 31). Wall Street analyst Eric Handler had the following to say about the movie’s box office screenings:
“I don’t expect to see anything close to the Chinese box office numbers, but I think we should see a decent move in North America from other recent Hollywood releases.”
It’s hard to compare Godzilla vs. Kong opening up to other high-profile emissions during the pandemic for a number of reasons. For starters, this is a 5-day extended opening over Easter weekend rather than a more traditional 3-day debut. Also, there are more theaters open in the US now than there were when Wonder Woman 1984 and Tom jerry they were dating. New York and Los Angeles are crucial markets in the US and should provide a boost to Godzilla vs. Kong numbers. There are also more than 10,000 private Godzilla vs. Kong reserved screening matches, which is a record for the pandemic. That suggests the movie is in commercially solid form and should do just fine.
Even if Godzilla vs. Kong scores the biggest opening of the pandemic, theaters are still a long way from returning to anything close to normal, if they ever get there. The latest Disney actions, making Black widow a Premier Access title and move-in Luca to Disney + free, suggests studios are wary that the box office will pick up steam again this summer. Even next year, Warner Bros. titles will have shortened theatrical windows before reaching home media, implying that the pandemic has forever changed the theatrical landscape. Still, moviegoers enjoy watching their most anticipated titles on the biggest screens, so there will always be interest in going to the movies. If only Godzilla vs. Kong marks a step in the right direction.
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