Hope for movie theaters: ‘Godzilla vs . Kong’ sets pandemic-best domestic opening record

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A week after Warner Bros. ’ international rollout of “Godzilla vs . Kong” set a new pandemic record for a Hollywood film, its North American discharge continued to hint in a forthcoming return to the box workplace with a pandemic-best opening of $48. 5 million more than five days since its Wednesday debut and $32. 2 million this weekend, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

The previous benchmark for any pandemic-era domestic opening was your debut of “Wonder Lady 1984″ in December, with $16. 7 million over the three-day Christmas weekend. “Godzilla versus Kong, ” which simultaneously debuted domestically in theaters and on HBO Max, played in 3, 064 locations, the most since the pandemic began more than a year ago. It currently stands at $285. 4 million in worldwide receipts.

“The resounding success of ‘Godzilla vs . Kong’ represents a remarkably important and positive milestone both financially and symbolically for the movie industry, ” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst at Comscore. “We are seeing that as consumer confidence grows, so too does the ability associated with movie theaters to generate stronger container office over time. ”

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Elsewhere at the box workplace this weekend, Sony Display Gems’ “The Unholy” opened up in 1, 850 locations to $3. 2 million, and Atlas Distribution’s “The Girl Who Believes in Miracles” premiered in 680 locations to $580, 068.

Although American theaters are slowly returning after a year of harried reopenings and closings, major theaters including Regal plus AMC and smaller stores have not yet reopened. Last week, L. A. ‘s Laemmle Theatres said it would reopen six of its eight locations on April 9, including a new location opening within Santa Clarita.

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