Monday, June 3, 2019

Monday's Headlines | Weekend Box Office

Hope you had a great weekend? Did you see a movie?

Godzilla: King of the Monsters didn’t quite crack its $50+ million potential in week 1, instead opening to $49 million. This marks a downward trend for Warner Bros.’ big ol’ Monster-Verse; Gareth Evans‘ Godzilla surpassed expectations in 2014 to bank $93 million in its first weekend, while Kong: Skull Island opened to $61 million back in 2017. The silver lining for Warner Bros, though, is worldwide, where King of the Monsters cleaned up with $130 million overseas, bringing its total to $179 million.

Meanwhile, Aladdin had a solid sophomore weekend, snagging another $42 million to bring the Disney live-action film’s total to $185 million domestic. Newcomer Rocketman—the Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton in the lead role—landed in third place with $25 million. Still, this is well above the $18-20 million opening Paramount was expecting.

The Universal and Blumhouse co-production Ma—a horror-thriller starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer and up-and-comer Diana Silvers—opened in fourth place with $18 million. This marks another win for Blumhouse’s micro-budget strategy, as Ma was filmed for a reported $5 million.

Rounding out the top 5 is John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in its third weekend, bringing in another $11.1 million domestically. Worldwide, the Keanu Reeves-starring action flick has now grossed an impressive $221 million.