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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Earns US$49 Million in U.S.

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film earns US$179 million total worldwide in opening weekend

Legendary Pictures' Godzilla sequel film Godzilla: King of the Monsters earned an estimated US$49 million in the United States in its opening weekend, with a US$19.6 million gross on opening day on Friday (including US$6.3 million from Thursday previews). The film earned an estimated US$130 million in the foreign market, for a total of US$179 million on its opening weekend worldwide. The film earned US$70 million in China, and US$8.4 million in Japan.

The film was originally slated for March 22, but was rescheduled to open last Friday on May 31.

Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Super 8, Bloodline), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring, Bates Motel), and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) star in the film as a father, mother, and daughter. Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Letters from Iwo Jima, Inception) and Sally Hawkins (Paddington, Blue Jasmine) return from the 2014 film.

Warner Bros. describes the film:

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.

Michael Dougherty (Krampus) directed the sequel, after co-writing the script with his Krampus writing partner Zach Shields. Dougherty previously led the writing room collaborators who brainstormed how to unite the current Godzilla and King Kong projects under Legendary's "MonsterVerse" franchise.

The film received a companion graphic novel on May 21 titled Godzilla: Aftershock.

The first of Legendary Pictures' Godzilla films premiered in 2014. The planned Godzilla vs. Kong crossover film from director Adam Wingard is slated for May 22, 2020.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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