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“Godzilla vs. Kong” tops $ 60 million domestically, the best grossing of the pandemic

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Godzilla and King Kong fight in Warner Bros.’s “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

Source: Warner Bros.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” hits pandemic box office records.

On Saturday, Warner Bros., who co-produced the film with Legendary, announced that its kaiju-filled film had exceeded $ 60 million at the domestic box office. This made it the highest-grossing film released during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Previously, Tenet, another Warner Bros. film, held the record for $ 58.5 million, which it secured during its 2020 theatrical release.

As it stands, Warner Bros. ‘films currently represent four of the five highest-grossing films released during the pandemic. Tenet is the second highest, Wonder Woman 1984 is fourth at $ 46.2 million, and Tom and Jerry is fifth at $ 40.3 million.

The third highest grossing film in the pandemic is Universal’s “Croods: A New Age,” which grossed $ 56.5 million during its time in theaters.

“It’s starting to look like the summer of April as ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ surpasses box office milestones that would have been unthinkable just a few weeks ago,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “Warner Bros. ‘ The release strategy has paid off, proving that cinema is still king when it comes to creating the most impactful, immersive cinematic experience. “

“Godzilla vs. Kong” has broken a number of records since it opened on March 31st. The film saw its biggest opening weekend since the coronavirus pandemic began, grossing $ 32.2 million in theaters on its first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

It opened in more than 3,000 theaters in North America over the weekend. Most of all films during the pandemic had the largest opening day on Wednesday at $ 9.6 million and the largest single day on Saturday at $ 12.5 million.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” signals that consumers are dying to go to the movies for new blockbuster features and suggests that the summer slate could have similar success.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC.

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