Thursday, May 23, 2024

Box Office: “Godzilla vs. Kong” Hits $69 Mil, Heads Toward $100 Mil, Warner Bros. Made Money During Pandemic


Despite the coronavirus, Warner Bros. made money during the pandemic.

Their “Godzilla vs. Kong” hit $69 million over this weekend, the most any movie has grossed in the last year. The monster flick is head toward $100 million, which is quite an accomplishment considering social distancing and capacity limitations. People really wanted to see two old warriors slug it out one more time.

Everyone thought when Warner’s announced simultaneous releases in the theaters and on HBO Max that it would kill theater going. But Warner’s had the lions share of hits this season anyway in live attendance. In addition to “Godzilla,” they’ve had “Tenet” ($58 mil), “The Croods” ($56 mil), “Wonder Woman 1984” ($46 mil), and “Tom & Jerry” ($40 mil).

Warner’s has even scratched out some box office for their Oscar movie, “Judas and the Last Messiah, with over $5 million. And Denzel Washington in “The Little Things” has found just over $15 million so far. So someone went to the movies, and who ever they were, Warner Bros. was their host.

BTW, I’m hearing King Kong is asking for a lot of perks in his sequel contract. He was seen having lunch with Toby Emmerich last week in a back room on the Warner’s lot where he was eating the makers of “Chaos Walking” with fresh dips.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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