Monday, June 17, 2024

Box Office Bonanza for Godzilla and King Kong: $80 Million Opening Weekend Stomps on “Ghostbusters”


If you scare them, they will come. Or something like that.

Apparently audiences were much more frightened by Godzilla and King Kong’s new flick than by the one from the Ghostbusters.

“Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” stomped all over “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” with an $80 million opening weekend.

“Frozen Empire” made $15 million and finished second. Total is $73 million.

A new empire vs. a frozen one, seems logical I guess.

Not a lot of action otherwise at the box office. “Dune Two” crossed $250 million. “Kung Fu Panda 4” hit $150 million.

There are a lot of miscellaneous movies playing to near empty houses, titles you would only go to if you were already in the lobby, it was raining, and you figured, Why not? For example, something called “Arthur the King” with Mark Walhberg has made almost $20 million in 3 weeks. It’s one of Wahlberg’s lowest grossing films. They should have put the talking toy bear in it.

This coming weekend we get Woody Allen’s “Coup de Chance,” an A plus mystery that no one should miss. Also, Dev Patel’s “Monkey Man.”

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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