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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ shows people want to see movies

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ topped the weekend box office with $32.2 million debut in the U.S.

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This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows a scene from “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

A scene from “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

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“Godzilla vs. Kong” topped the U.S. box office over the weekend, and became the film with the highest pandemic-era opening weekend yet, CNBC reports.

  • The film earned $32.2 million on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Overall, the film earned $48.5 million in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend.
  • The film earned $122 million at foreign box offices before it was released in the U.S., according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • That’s a pretty high number considering 55% of movie theaters are open right now in North America, at least compared to the amount open in 2019, per CNBC.

The New York Times reports that “Godzilla vs. Kong” wasn’t even an all-theater exclusive. Indeed, the film was released on HBO Max before it hit theaters.

Why ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ numbers matter

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, told CNBC the high numbers show people want to return to the movies.

  • “The results for ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ are absolutely mind-blowing and a represent a ‘welcome back’ of sorts for an industry that has been working its way back from the brink for over a year,” he said, according to CNBC.

Mary Parent, Legendary’s vice chairman and head of worldwide production, told The New York Times that the film is a sign people are ready for movies.

  • “People seem ready for emotional release, to experience that human connectivity — laughing together, getting scared together — and complete transportation that only movie theaters can provide,”