Godzilla vs Kong is destroying the box office competition with a pandemic-best $ 32 million domestic debut

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After more than a year of paltry (and non-existent) opening weekends due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the box office is roaring back to life with Godzilla vs. Kong.

Warner Bros. ‘ huge monster mash-up debuted a pandemic-best $ 32.2 million during its three-day opening weekend, with $ 48.5 million over the first five days, since its debut in theaters on March 31, via Deadline

Director Adam Wingard’s big screen adventure is also a huge hit overseas, with $ 236.9 million from overseas markets for a global total of $ 285.4 million from just 12 days in theaters, while also worldwide available on HBO Max.

Box office hit: After more than a year of paltry (and non-existent) opening weekends due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the box office is roaring back to life with Godzilla vs.  Kong

Box office hit: After more than a year of paltry (and non-existent) opening weekends due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the box office is roaring back to life with Godzilla vs. Kong

The three-day total of $ 32.2 million topped the studio’s projections for the entire five-day opening, far more than Warner Bros. expectations.

The numbers would certainly be considered ‘low’ in any other year, especially with a reported budget of $ 160 million.

Still, it’s the best debut since theaters closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic over a year ago, and could be a sign that moviegoers are ready to return to theaters en masse.

Surpassing Expectations: The three-day total of $ 32.2 million topped the studio's projections for the entire five-day opening, far ahead of Warner Bros.  expectations

Surpassing Expectations: The three-day total of $ 32.2 million topped the studio's projections for the entire five-day opening, far ahead of Warner Bros.  expectations

Surpassing Expectations: The three-day total of $ 32.2 million topped the studio’s projections for the entire five-day opening, far ahead of Warner Bros. expectations

Godzilla vs. Kong opened in 3,064 theaters this weekend, earning an impressive average of $ 10,509 per screen, by far the highest since theaters closed last March.

The film continued to do well overseas, earning an additional $ 76.1 million over its second weekend, just a 39% drop from its opening weekend.

It became the fastest movie in the COVID-19 era to break $ 200 million worldwide, hitting feat in just 12 days, half the time it took Tenet (24 days).

Humans: The monster extravaganza, also featuring human actors like Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgard, Eiza Gonzalez (above) and Kyle Chandler, also debuted on the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max

Humans: The monster extravaganza, also featuring human actors like Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgard, Eiza Gonzalez (above) and Kyle Chandler, also debuted on the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max

Humans: The monster extravaganza, also featuring human actors like Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgard, Eiza Gonzalez (above) and Kyle Chandler, also debuted on the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max

The monster extravaganza, also featuring human actors like Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgard, Eiza Gonzalez and Kyle Chandler, also debuted on the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max.

While WarnerMedia does not provide audience data for Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max, Andy Forssell, EVP and General Manager of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer, was seemingly pleased with the results.

“The HBO Max audience has spoken very clearly and loudly: they love this movie and watch it more than once,” Forssell began.

Data: While WarnerMedia does not provide viewer data for Godzilla vs.  Kong on HBO Max, Andy Forssell, EVP and General Manager of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer, was seemingly pleased with the results

Data: While WarnerMedia does not provide viewer data for Godzilla vs.  Kong on HBO Max, Andy Forssell, EVP and General Manager of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer, was seemingly pleased with the results

Data: While WarnerMedia does not provide viewer data for Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max, Andy Forssell, EVP and General Manager of WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer, was seemingly pleased with the results

By comparing audience stats in the first four days since release, Godzilla vs. Kong has a larger audience than any other movie or show on HBO Max since its launch, ‘he concluded.

Elsewhere at the box office, The Unholy debuted in second place with $ 3.2 million and debuted in 1,850 theaters for an average of $ 1,729 per screen.

Last weekend’s winner Nobody dropped to third place with just over $ 3 million, a 55% drop from its debut, bringing the domestic total to $ 11.8 million, with Raya and the Last Dragon ($ 2 million, $ 32.1 million domestic) and Tom & Jerry ($ 1.4 million). million, $ 39.5 million) to round out the top 5.

Metrics: 'By comparing audience statistics in the first four days since release, Godzilla vs.  Kong has a larger audience than any other movie or show on HBO Max since its launch, 'he concluded

Metrics: 'By comparing audience statistics in the first four days since release, Godzilla vs.  Kong has a larger audience than any other movie or show on HBO Max since its launch, 'he concluded

Metrics: ‘By comparing audience statistics in the first four days since release, Godzilla vs. Kong has a larger audience than any other movie or show on HBO Max since its launch, ‘he concluded

Another newcomer, The Girl Who Believes in Miracles, debuted in sixth place with $ 580,068 from 640 theaters for an average of $ 906 per screen.

The top 10 is rounded out by The Courier ($ 452,201, $ 4.2 million domestic), Chaos Walking ($ 380,000, $ 12.2 million domestic), The Croods: A New Age ($ 210,000, $ 56.3 million domestic) ) and French Exit ($ 193,428, $ 200,509 domestic).

Next weekend, Lionsgate’s sci-fi thriller Voyagers starring Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp will be released in wide release, with IFC Films’ Moffie limited edition.

I love it: 'The HBO Max audience has spoken very clearly and loudly: they love this movie and watch it more than once,' Forssell began

I love it: 'The HBO Max audience has spoken very clearly and loudly: they love this movie and watch it more than once,' Forssell began

I love it: ‘The HBO Max audience has spoken very clearly and loudly: they love this movie and watch it more than once,’ Forssell began