Godzilla: King of the Monsters is now hailed as the king of the worldwide box office. The action-packed fantasy and sci-fi film raked in a massive $179 million in its international and U.S. domestic debut.
The monster movie beat out Disney’s highly-anticipated Aladdin ($42 million) after just 1 week of topping the box office. Now, Aladdin takes the number two spot as both films earned more than the Elton John biopic, Rocketman. The biopic made its way to 3rd place with a total of $25 million in earnings.
Although the latest movie in the Godzilla installment topped the box office over the weekend, there’s still some bad news. Godzilla: King of the Monsters officially has the lowest opening weekend in the MonsterVerse franchise. This is compared to Warner Bros. more financially successful series, 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island. Which begs the question, is MonsterVerse a fading franchise? Fans of the franchise are hoping not with Godzilla vs. Kong set to premiere next year, 2020. However, box office results tell us otherwise.
The Godzilla sequel came with a production budget of up to $200 million and another $100 million marketing budget. Production costs for the movie made it the most expensive entry in the franchise. Another blow to Warner Bros. Pictures is that the film shared an opening weekend with Disney’s Aladdin making the latter a major contender for the box office seat. The Aladdin remake was seen as a mass-appealing entry compared to Godzilla 2’s audience demographic. According to Variety, 76% of moviegoers that watched Godzilla 2 during its opening weekend consisted of boys and men.
So does this mean bad news for Godzilla vs. Kong? We’ll have to find out.