Box Office: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Rages to Pandemic-Best $48.5M Opening

Box Office: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Rages to Pandemic-Best $48.5M Opening


NEW YORK (AP) — With the help of a few old friends, the box office rekindled some of its old might over the weekend.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” scored easily the best opening of the pandemic with an estimated $48.5 million since opening Wednesday, even as it was simultaneously streaming at home.
The monster mash, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment, was the widest domestic release in the past year, playing in more than 3,000 theaters. Many theaters have been reopening over the past few weeks; about 60% of theaters were open this weekend, according to data firm Comscore. Most are operating at 50% capacity or less.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” stomped to $32.2 million from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates Sunday. The five-day total far exceeded expectations, and even outpaced the three-day debut ($47.8 million) of the franchise’s last entry, 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” Globally, “Godzilla

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