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This blockbuster makes a record start and surpasses Dune 2

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It’s what we call a monster start at the box office and no one expected it. At the end of its first three days of release, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empirefifth film of MonsterVerse from Legendary Pictures Studios, got off to a stellar start at the box office. In fact, he has accumulated more than $195 million in revenue at the global box office, including 80 million on North American territory.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire ©Warner Bros.

It’s a great surprise for the film that brings together Godzilla and Kong and a cast that includes Rebecca Hall, Kaylee Hottle and Brian Tyree Henry. In fact, while forecasts were being established for the North American box office $50 million in terms of revenue, Adam Wingard’s film far exceeded these expectations, grossing $80 million, just behind Dune 2 which for its first weekend had accumulated $82 million of recipes.

An unexpected success at the national box office, but also internationally, given that in the territories in which it was released it has already grossed more than $115 million of recipes. To confront, Dune 2 had reported for its first weekend $182.5 million at the global box office. Globally, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire it therefore does better than the film by Denis Villeneuve, currently the director best start to the year.

Success despite mixed initial feedback

Executives at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, the producers and distributors of the film, can pop the champagne and then move on to this Dune 2 with another great success. For Mary Parent, director of Legendary Pictures, Part of the credit goes to Adam Wingard.

Adam Wingard has a vivid imagination. He has some great ideas about how these characters can be seen by the audience. He has a childlike imagination that hasn’t faded into adulthood and he knows how to exploit it.

The success is all the more appreciable as the first reviews were not kind, e.g Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire comes after the critical, and to its extent commercial, success of Godzilla minus one. In fact, come on Rotten tomatoesthe critical score is set at 53%. On the other hand, his spectator score amounts to ninety two%and it should be noted that internationally the film is currently performing very well in China and South America.

The result of an intense marketing campaign and ultra-spectacular scenes that delighted the public, this success will be confirmed over time, until it surpasses the overall box office of Dune 2for the moment a $627 million of recipes after 5 weeks? The future will tell soon.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire released in French cinemas on April 3, 2024.

Source: Cine Serie

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