Godzilla vs. Kong is already a monster success, and the box office numbers keep getting more impressive. This should not surprise anyone. The film has been teased for years now, and it absolutely delivers on most of its promises.
According to Variety, the Adam Wingard-helmed Godzilla vs. Kong just broke a pandemic record. Domestically, it raked in $32 million over the weekend, putting its current total at $48.5 million for the first five days after its release. Its global gross so far sits at $285.4 million. That number is, of course, expected to climb. Last year’s Wonder Woman 1984 previously held the top spot, pulling in $16.7 million in its first three days and staying ahead of other heavy-hitters such as that abysmal Tom and Jerry film.
A supplementary report from Deadline expands on these details, saying that Godzilla vs. Kong‘s performance at the box office blew away all of the studio’s expectations.
Warner Bros. has touted Godzilla vs. Kong as the last movie in its MonsterVerse, but that hasn’t stopped fans from demanding that the franchise continue. It finally sees the two titular titans duke it out, leveling cities, killing untold millions of people, and causing general destruction because this kind of chaos makes for wild, no-holds-barred cinema. And hey, maybe the aforementioned box office numbers will encourage Warner Bros. and Legendary to continue the MonsterVerse, despite Wingard saying otherwise. It is anyone’s guess at this point, but to ensure that expectations are properly managed, it may be best to just assume this is the end for this particular cinematic universe. And that is honestly just fine, because Godzilla vs. Kong is so good it’s stupid.
Keep in mind, too, that we are still in the middle of a global pandemic. Vaccines may be rolling out and case numbers may be dropping, but this virus is still hurting many people. And that’s why these numbers are so stunning. The fact that Godzilla vs. Kong is still generating these numbers despite its availability to stream on HBO Max at no extra cost is unbelievably impressive. It also speaks to the appeal of these movies, which collectively amount to little more than mindless, monster-mashing fun. But honestly, there is a place for that kind of movie. And these movies are great at being what they are.
It will be interesting to see if the pandemic stops Godzilla vs. Kong in its tracks, or if the film will prove to have enough legs to carry it to box office numbers comparable to pre-pandemic box office hauls. Fortunately, by the look of things so far, it will probably continue to destroy the competition at the domestic and worldwide box office.
If you are on the fence about Godzilla vs. Kong, check out our 5-star review for it. A movie so unabashedly dumb and relentless fun requires a rating that’s just as absurd. Maybe that will persuade you to give it a go. It will be interesting to see just how word-of-mouth affects this movie’s potential success.