Godzilla vs Kong opened in theaters in some countries last week and made an impressive feat at the international box office making $122 million.
According to Box Office Pro, most of the revenue came from China where it made $70.3 million, which was just shy of Kong: Skull Island's $71 million opening. The movie also made $6.3 million in Mexico and Australia, $5.8 million in Russia, $5.2 million in Taiwan, and $4.8 million in India.
Usually at best, movies in post-pandemic era would make around $40 million on opening week whereas the average opening is around $20 million. Wonder Woman 1984, for example, opened with $39.8 million in the international box-office. Tom and Jerry, another Warner Bros. distributed property, opened with $22.3 million.
With the movie only two days away from releasing in the United States, it is still unclear what the domestic box-office will look like. Currently, there have been speculations floating around that Godzilla vs Kong could make around $300 million – $350 million globally.
So far, I have seen many positive reviews for the movie with a few negative ones here and there. At the moment, Godzilla vs Kong stands at 81% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, a 7/10 on IGN, and 7.4/10 on IMDB. By these numbers, it is a lot better from the ratings Godzilla: King of the Monsters received back in 2019. The consensus sounds like there are a lot of issues with the movie's story, but the action and fighting scenes makes up for those issues.
Godzilla vs Kong has already proven not only to be one of the most profitable movies, but one of the most important movies in the post-covid era. Sure, it's not Marvel or Star Wars. Yet ever since the first trailer dropped on January 24th a spark was lit with both fans and the general audience. The movie became the biggest talking point this year, so far, and the fireworks show has only just begun. People are starving for a big blockbuster movie experience they missed out on in 2020.
My prediction is if Godzilla vs Kong does as well in the domestic box office then it will help kickstart the saving of the movie theater experience. Right now, there are more movie theaters reopening across the country. Recently, California and New York have reopened their movie theaters. Cineworld has announced they will begin reopening their Regal theaters on April 2nd with a limited release for Godzilla vs Kong and a wide release for Mortal Kombat based on a deal that was made with Warner Bros.
However, Godzilla vs Kong cannot save the movie theater experience alone. It can only help kickstart it. The rest of the movies releasing this year has to do the rest of the work. The movies releasing this Summer are:
Bob's Burgers: The Movie (April 8th)
Mortal Kombat (April 16th)
The Mitchells vs the Machines (April 30th)
Spiral (May 14th)
The Woman in the Window (May 14th)
A Quiet Place Part II (May 28th)
Cruella (May 28th)
Spirit Untamed (June 4th)
Vivo (June 4th)
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 4th)
Samaritan (June 4th)
In The Heights (June 11th)
Luca (June 18th)
Fast and Furious 9 (June 25th)
Top Gun: Maverick (July 2nd)
Black Widow (July 9th)
The Forever Purge (July 9th)
Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16th)
Disney's Jungle Cruise (July 30th)
The Green Knight (July 30th)
The Suicide Squad (August 6th)
Hotel Transylvania 4 (August 6th)
Free Guy (August 13th)
BIOS (August 20th)
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (August 20th)
and Candyman (August 27th)
The movies coming out for Fall and Winter are:
Reminiscence (September 3rd)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 7th)
Malignant (September 10th)
The Boss Baby: Family Business (September 17th)
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (September 17th)
The Many Saints of Newark (September 24th)
Infinite (September 24th)
DUNE (October 1st)
The Addams Family 2 (October 1st)
No Time to Die (October 8th)
Halloween Kills (October 15th)
The Last Duel (October 15th)
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origin (October 22nd)
Last Night in Soho (October 22nd)
Antlers (October 29th)
Eternals (November 5th)
Clifford the Big Red Dog (November 5th)
Ghostbusters Afterlife (November 11th)
Mission: Impossible 7 (November 19th)
King Richard (November 19th)
Encanto (November 24th)
West Side Story (December 10th)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17th)
The Matrix 4 (December 22nd)
Wicked (December 22nd)
and Sing 2 (December 22nd)
I can see Black Widow and Fast 9 being the other two heavy hitters this Summer since one of them is a Marvel movie based on a popular character and the other is a long running successful franchise with both having a very large fanbase. Space Jam: A New Legacy could be another potential big hit, but the rest of the Summer lineup is still unclear. My expectations for Fall and Winter hit movies are DUNE, No Time to Die, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. There might be other movies that could potentially make a big splash at the box office, but only time will tell.
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