Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Box Office: “Godzilla” Kicks Off with $37 Million, Sends “Ghostbusters” to the After Life


Who ya gonna call? Godzilla!

The veteran monster kicked off the weekend with $37 million including Thursday previews. The warm reception for “Godzilla x Kong” shows that the famous pair of frenemies still has what it takes to draw crowds.

Another $50 million for tonight and Sunday should put the utterly mindless entertainment up around $87 million. Huzzah!

The success of “Godzilla” means that “Ghostbusters Frozen Empire” got one week at number 1. Last night the customized ambulance gang got slimed with just $5.5 million. Their total gross for the run will be around $62 million by tomorrow night.

One movie definitely coming soon is Will Smith’s “Bad Boys Ride or Die.” This should be interesting. How will they do a press tour with Will Smith even two years after his Oscar slap and Academy ban? “Bad Boys” has a built in audience so first weekend receipts are guaranteed. But beyond that? And will Chris Rock say something? This will be a test, for sure.

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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