The King of the Monsters lived up to his name at the box office this weekend, dominating all other releases in the top 10.
It appears Warner Bros. promotional push for the giant lizard was a huge success, helping the film far exceed expectations not just here in the States but also around the globe. Thus far, the film has grossed $196 million worldwide, and still has yet to open in China and Japan – two potentially lucrative foreign markets for this genre of film.
In at number 2 is Neighbors with $25.9 million. The Seth Rogen/Zac Efron warring neighbor comedy continues to post strong numbers, even with Godzilla‘s massive opening. So far the film has grossed $91 million.
Coming in at number 3 is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with $16.8 million, which brings its domestic total up to $172 million. While some will debate the film’s success based on its domestic grosses, there’s no denying ASM 2 has been a massive hit overseas. The film just recently passed Captain America 2 ($452M) for the top spot overall at this year’s international box office with $461 million.
The number 4 film this weekend is Million Dollar Arm (read our review) with $10.5 million. Obviously, the film had a lot to contend with, but most expected this Jon Hamm-led baseball drama would open a little stronger. It did debut with a higher total than the other 2014 sports movie, Draft Day, but that film didn’t open in summer.
Rounding out the top 5 is The Other Woman with $6.3 million. Fox’s female-focused comedy has benefited from a strong dose of counter-programming and is now up to $71 million.
Coming in at number 6 is Heaven is for Real with $4.4 million. The faith-based film has accrued an impressive $82 million over the past 5 weeks.
The number 7 film this weekend is Rio 2 with $3.8 million. Fox’s animated sequel is up to $118 million after 6 weeks in the top 10.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the number 8 film with $3.7 million. Marvel’s latest blockbuster is now up to $250 million domestic and $703 million worldwide. The film only needs $4 million more to pass LEGO Movie for highest grossing domestic release of 2014.
In at number 9 is Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return with $1.95 million. The animated feature has been extremely weak during its first two weeks of release, grossing only $6 million so far.
Rounding out the top 10 is Moms’ Night Out with $1.9 million. Like Legends of Oz, this film slid under the summer radar, but has done OK business on about 1,000 screens. Now at $7 million, Moms’ Night Out has exceeded its $5M budget.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, May 19th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo