The rumors of the death of the theatrical business have been greatly exaggerated; and thankfully, we didn't jinx it. Warner Bros. mega tentpole "Godzilla vs. Kong" proved that a healthy mix of big budget spectacle, a holiday weekend, NY and LA back in business, and enough inoculations to make some of us start to feel comfortable again, is the right kind of formula for a box office rebound.
The monster match-up took in $32.2M over three days and $48.5M over five, which are the kind of grosses not seen since before the pandemic. All this should be good news for Universal and Disney as they get set to launch "F9" and "Black Widow" this summer. "Godzilla vs. Kong" also had a same-day debut on HBO Max, which didn't seem to matter all that much in the end, though one could argue that more money could have been had with more theatrical exclusivity.
'Godzilla vs. Kong' vs. the Box Office
"Godzilla vs. Kong" did benefit from little box office competition, but a few new releases did debut. In a tough race that went down to the wire, Screen Gems' religious horror flick "The Unholy" narrowly claimed the #2 spot with $3.2M over Universal's one-man actioner "Nobody." Atlas Distribution's faith-based drama "The Girl Who Believes in Miracles" benefited from the Easter weekend and took in $398K, claiming the #7 spot. Sony Pictures Classics indie dramedy, "French Exit" came in at #10 with $193K. The Golden Globe nominated film expanded to more screens over the weekend to help get Michelle Pfeiffer some more last-minute award attention.
Holdovers from previous weeks rounded out the top five. Universal's "Nobody" fell 55% from the previous week to #3 with $3.07M. While this can be concerning for a well-received movie, it's likely due to "Godzilla vs. Kong" overtaking the weekend. Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" came in at #4 with $2.1M, the same weekend it made its general premium VOD debut. WB's "Tom & Jerry" took in $1.4M on the same weekend it left HBO Max. Lastly, Roadside's historical spy drama "The Courier" claimed the #6 spot with $425K.
All in all, this weekend proved to be a success to movie theater owners, and continual proof that audiences will come back, especially for movies that demand big screens and sound.
Box Office Top Ten: Apr. 2-4
- "Godzilla vs. Kong" (Warner Bros) - $32,200,000 (3-day) [NEW]
- "The Unholy" (Screen Gems) - $3,200,000 [NEW]
- "Nobody" (Universal) - $3,070,000 / lifetime: $11,874,295
- "Raya and the Last Dragon" (Walt Disney) - $2,054,000 / lifetime: $32,186,920
- "Tom & Jerry" (Warner Bros) - $1,400,000 / lifetime: $39,500,000
- "The Courier" (Roadside) - $452,201 / lifetime: $4,257,867
- "The Girl Who Believes in Miracles" (Atlas) $398,000 [NEW]
- "Chaos Walking" (Lionsgate) - $380,000 / lifetime: $12,233,068
- "The Croods: A New Age" (Universal) - $210,000 / lifetime: $56,344,558
- "French Exit" (Sony Classics) - $193,428 / lifetime: $200,509
Box office data provided by Box Office Mojo.
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.