The King of the Monsters wipes out the competition to take his place as the King of the Box Office!
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters destroyed all competition this past weekend, grabbing the top spot in the American Box Office with an incredible estimated opening of $49million. However, it didn’t manage to match the opening of its predecessor back in 2014 that grabbed a $93million opening on its way to a worldwide take of $529million or the start of last years Kong: Skull Island with $61million. The $170million budgeted monster smackdown took in $130million worldwide bringing its global total to $179million. Not a bad start for a film the critics weren’t too nice too, only granting it a 32% average. The film does plant seeds for next summers epic sequel Godzilla VS Kong but needs to go some great guns to build momentum going into next March. Be sure to check out Phil and Carl’s reviews for the film.
Dropping to second place from last weeks number one is Disney’s Aladdin. Though the film dropped 53% of its audience, the Will Smith-starring live-action remake took an estimated $42.3million, bringing its domestic total so far to a great $185million against its $183million budget. The film also now boasts a worldwide take of $445.9million, proving people like myself completely wrong when we predicted the film may struggle to find its market. After the disappointment of ‘Dumbo‘ earlier this year, Disney must be over the moon with how the film is panning out and gives them a renewed belief that their live-action remakes are capable of pulling in the crowds. And with the new version of ‘The Lion King‘ still to come, Disney is in prime position to take the worlds box office crown this year with ease.
Opening to the tune of $25million in the third position, the eagerly awaited biopic of Sir Elton John, ‘Rocketman‘ didn’t quite live up to the Oscar-Winning ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ and its $51million opening but still did great business. The R-Rated film starring Taron Egerton as the famous British singer/songwriter has already opened in several other markets across the globe and currently stands at $56.2million against its $40million budget. It has been reported that studio executives were angling for a PG-13 rating instead of an R and that could be behind the films slower start than the Freddie Mercury film. However, Sir Elton refused to even consider toning the film down for a more family-friendly rating, insisting the warts and all story of his life be true to the real events. Critics have been impressed with the film, giving it a 90% average.
Scaring itself into the fourth position on its debut weekend, ‘Ma‘ hit the box office tills for an $18.2million start. Starring Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, the film was made on a $5million budget, proving again that low budget horror, if done right and with passion can be box office smashes. Critics were slightly indifferent to the film, gaining it a 62% average in total. The worldwide box office total hasn’t become available as of yet so I’d expect the film to be quite profitable during its run at the multiplexes.
Sliding down to fifth place but still making a killing was ‘John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum‘. The third instalment of Keanu Reeves’ popular anti-hero assassin took a further $11.3million, swelling its coffers to $125.7million domestic and $221.6million worldwide against its budget of $55million. A fourth chapter has already been announced so the world hasn’t seen the last of the dog-loving killer just yet.
Still battling it out for box office cash, in the sixth position came ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ with another $7.8million added to its already bulging wallet. The film now has a domestic tally of $815.5 million and a worldwide take of $2.71billion. Sadly though, it’s now increasingly unlikely that the film will take the overall box office crown from ‘Avatar’ which stands on $2.78billion worldwide or the overall U.S box office domestic crown which is held by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ with $936million. The film can take solace in the fact that no other film will probably come near its box office power this year. Disney must be thrilled with the results and to consider they have ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker‘ to release in December, the house of mouse is in the almost unstoppable form right now.
‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu‘ slipped down the chart into the seventh position with a $6.6million weekend. The Ryan Reynolds voiced main character has now managed to bring in $130.6million in the U.S and $392million worldwide on a $150million budget. This may ensure that the world gets a second helping of the character in a few years time.
Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, ‘Booksmart‘ fell to the eighth position, taking $3.3million and boosting its box office take to $14.3million against a $6million costing. Again, worldwide figures for the film haven’t been released so the film will be more than satisfactory to the studio and to its fledgeling director.
Surprisingly, the James Gunn-produced superhero horror film, ‘Brightburn‘ lost 70% of its audience since its box office bow last weekend. The film tumbled down the chart to the ninth position, taking $2.3million with it. The film now sits on $14.2million domestically and $24.7million globally against its budget of $6million. The film is a success but strangely, the film, even though its another low budget horror film, doesn’t seem to have the pulling power of ‘Ma‘ or Jordan Peele’s ‘US‘ from earlier this year. It is quite possible that horror fans will flock to low budget fare just as long as there is a good enough story that comes with it. The days of low budget horror just being released in any capacity and making millions seems to be waning. It remains to be seen if audiences decide to come back to the genre in their droves again.
Rounding out the top ten this weekend came ‘The Hustle‘ which managed to steal another $1.3million. The poorly reviewed Anne Hathaway remake of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels‘ has made $33.1 million domestically and $73.9million worldwide on a $31million budget.
Deciding to leave us this weekend, the Seth Rogan/Charlize Theron comedy ‘Long Shot‘ dropped out of the top ten and the Dennis Quaid double bill of ‘The Intruder‘ and ‘A Dog’s Journey‘ decided they had outstayed their welcomes and departed.
The month of June kicks the box office race up a notch this coming weekend. Opening finally in the U.S is ‘The Secret Life Of Pets 2‘. The film has been out in European theatres for around two weeks now and is generating decent box office returns. It should open strongly in its own market and with generally good reviews so far, the film could be next weekends highest earner. However, opening alongside the animated family film is the final film of 20th Century Fox’s Marvel tenure with the release of ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix‘, the final X-Men film under its banner. The film has been beset with problems and reshoots and the buzz around the film is that it’s bad. Not quite in the league of ‘Fantastic Four‘ back in 2015 bad or the extremely troubled ‘The Young Mutants‘ that still hasn’t seen the light of day almost two years after it was initially meant to open but the word around the film has been generally negative.
After the disaster ‘X-Men: The Last Stand‘ made of the Dark Phoenix storyline, hopes were high the film could redeem the property. After seeing the trailers, I believe, even though certain plot points have been changed to suit the film, the movie does seem to contain the heart and essence of the story and so I’m willing to give the film a chance, as should the rest of the comic book movie-loving world. Obviously, it won’t open anywhere near the scope of ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ but the film deserves a chance. The only bad thing I can see is a MASSIVE Wolverine sized hole in the films cast (Damn you, Hugh Jackman!).
Will the X-Men dominate the box office? Will animated pets beat the likes of Professor X and Magneto to the top spot? Or will the king of the monsters remain the king of the box office? Check back here next week at The Future Of The Force to get the lowdown on it all.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!