Sourced from the net by Tracy Cabrera
WITH many unexpecting the revenge thriller Nobody to hit the United States box office charts with kick-ass and unassuming Bob Odenkirk (of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) in the fore, outside of North America, Warner Brother’s Godzilla vs. Kong kicked off internationally with a massive US$121 million from 28 countries.
The WB action-adventure movie—pitting the iconic monsters against each other in the matchup for the ages—had an especially impressive start in China, where it amassed US$70.3 million over a three-day stretch.
Ticket sales for Godzilla vs. Kong, a co-production with Legendary Entertainment, marking the biggest opening weekend in China for a non-local film, which could bode well as the film gears up to open in the US on Wednesday, March 31, in theaters and on Home Box Office (HBO) Max.
Aside from Godzilla vs. Kong and another Warners title, video game adaptation Mortal Kombat (set for April 16), domestic movie theater marquees will be light on new releases in early spring. This is because Disney has overhauled its film calendar last week, delaying or amending plans for several titles, including Black Widow, Emma Stone’s Cruella, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Pixar’s Luca.
In perhaps the biggest blow to cinema operators, Black Widow was pushed from May 7 to July 9. The Marvel superhero adventure will premiere simultaneously in theaters and on Disney Plus for a premium US$30 rental fee. Cruella, an origin story for the 101 Dalmatians villain, will similarly launch theatrically and on the company’s streaming platform when it arrives on May 28.
Disney has tested several hybrid strategies amid the pandemic, most recently with the animated adventure Raya and the Last Dragon. The animated adventure, currently in theaters, slipped to second place on the box office charts with US$3.5 million in its fourth weekend of release.
So far the film, which is also available to Disney Plus subscribers on Premier Access, has made US$28 million in US theaters and US$82 million globally.
Otherwise, a swath of holdovers rounded out box office charts. Tom and Jerry came in third place with US$2.5 million from 2,464 locations. After five weeks in theaters, the Warner Bros. live-action-animated hybrid has amassed US$37 million.
At No. 4, Lionsgate’s sci-fi fantasy film Chaos Walking pulled in US$1.18 million for a domestic tally of US$11.3 million. Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, the US$100 million-budgeted film will result in a massive write-down for the studio.
The Courier, a Cold War drama led by Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan, rounded out the top five with US$1 million, bringing its overall ticket sales to US$3.4 million. (AI/MTVN)