Weekend Box Office: “Godzilla” Returns for Monster $93M Debut

"Godzilla" (2014) - Weekend Box Office (We Live Film)

Godzilla Reboot Came and Conquered Weekend 

by Matt Marshall

The King of Monsters is king of the box office once again. Over the weekend, Godzilla nearly smashed the 2014 opening record with an estimated $93.2 million.

Last week’s top film, Neighbors dipped to second place with $26 million in its second weekend. The Seth Rogen comedy has pulled in over $91 million in 10 days. Superhero sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 followed suit dropping one spot for the second week in a row. In its third frame, Spidey charged up another $16 million.

Disney’s Million Dollar Arm debuted in fourth place with $10.5 million. Rounding out the charts this weekend is Cameron Diaz’s The Other Woman for another $6.3 million.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Godzilla (NR)
$93.2 million / $93.2 million total

Going into the weekend, Godzilla was projected to reach $70 million by Sunday. After a shocking $38 million opening day, the number was escalated to rival 2014 hits, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The reboot has generally received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. Godzilla does face X-Men: Days of Future Past next weekend, which will knock it down to second. Regardless, the King of Monsters could be looking at one of summer’s largest hauls easily over $200 million.

#2 – Neighbors (1)
$26.0 million / $91.5 million total

Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors took a bigger hit than anticipated. Godzilla certainly had something to do with that. A second place finish pulling in another $26 million is still nothing to overlook. At nearly $92 million in 10 days, Neighbors trails summer comedy hits like The Hangover and Ted due to the soft May dailies. With Adam Sandler’s Blended due out this Friday, $150 million looks to be the ceiling.

#3 – The Amazing Spider-Man (2)
$16.8 million / $172.2 million total

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 keeping taking hit after hit. Currently, the sequel is behind the 2012 by $45 million. With new releases like X-Men and Maleficent coming one after another, expect the trend of large drops to continue. $200 million still seems doable at this point. Anything less would be a greater disappointment for Sony.

#4 – Million Dollar Arm (NR)
$10.5 million / $10.5 million total

Million Dollar Arm wasn’t going to hit a home run this weekend. Up against the monster hit Godzilla, Million Dollar Arm had no chance. It’s a strange move for Disney to open against such a major release. Additionally, Million Dollar Arm has received mixed reviews, which didn’t help gaining a larger audience. Unless it pairs up with Maleficent as drive-in Disney double feature, this is a box office bust.

#5 – The Other Woman (3)
$6.3 million / $71.7 million total

The Other Woman continues to hang on in the top charts for one more weekend. The Cameron Diaz comedy held off Heaven is for Real for fifth place. As projected from last weekend, The Other Woman continues to aim for a respectable $80 million haul.

Opening Next Week: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blended, Cold in July (limited), Words and Pictures (limited)

 Source: Box Office Mojo


Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.


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