The international launch of Warner Bros. this weekend. “Godzilla vs. Kong” set a new pandemic record for a Hollywood movie, a hopeful sign of an imminent return to the cinema.
The film, which opens in North American theaters and on HBO Max on Wednesday, debuted in 38 overseas markets for an impressive $ 121.8 million, including $ 70.3 million in Chinese revenue. This is the biggest debut for a Hollywood film in China since 2019. The monster smackdown grossed $ 12.4 million on 891 IMAX screens, also Hollywood’s biggest IMAX weekend since December 2019.
The debut “Godzilla vs. Kong” surpassed the entire previous international gross of the blockbuster release of “Wonder Woman 1984” in December, which is currently estimated from measurements at 120 million US dollars overseas (and a further 45.9 million US dollars. Dollar domestically) is the Comscore company. The previous benchmark for an overseas opening in the pandemic was the launch of the studio’s “tenet” in August 2020, valued at $ 53 million.
While American theaters are slowly reopening en masse after a roller coaster year of reopening and closing, movie houses like Regal and smaller chains (like ArcLight in LA) have not yet returned. Despite the limited capacity of the cinemas, Universal’s R-rated action film “Nobody” debuted this weekend on 2,460 North American screens at $ 6.7 million. LA and New York City, both recently reopened, were the two highest-revenue markets.
With an A-CinemaScore and 79% “Certified Fresh” rating for Rotten Tomatoes, Bob Odenkirk’s revenge thriller topped recent adult releases including “The Little Things,” “Let Him Go,” and the Liam Neeson vehicles, “Honest Thief “” and “Sagittarius. “
The family movies “Tom & Jerry,” “The Croods: A New Age,” and “Raya and the Last Dragon,” as well as the tentpole titles “Tenet” and “Wonder Woman 1984” had the strongest theatrical performances among the pandemic releases, The Solid Performance of a Relative less noticeable titles like “Nobody” is a potentially upbeat sign for the coming weeks. The film is expected to be released as PVOD rental on April 16, in accordance with Universal’s strategy for exclusive cinema windows.
Elsewhere at the box office, A24’s Oscar nominee “Minari” was the only nominee for best picture to make it into the top 10. The film, now released on its seventh weekend release, added $ 275,000 for a total of $ 1.8 million. Focus Features’ “Promising Young Woman” remains the nominee for best-grossing picture. All eight of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture in 2021 also had the chance to watch them at home.
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