The long-awaited Godzilla vs. Kong has done remarkably well for a Covid-relased film. It earned $6.7M just yesterday, easing 30%. This means the Adam Wingard-directed film earned $16.3M at 2,409 sites in just two days. Not only did the film do well on the streaming platform HBO Max release, but the movie theaters as well. This weekend’s number of theaters jumped to 3,064 as 22 prime Regal cinemas reopened out of the circuit’s 542 venues in Los Angeles, Houston, Texas and California. According to Deadline, the 5-day estimate for Godzilla vs. Kong is estimated to gross $30M-$40M.
Good Friday has always been a huge day for theaters pre-pandemic. The record holder is Warner’s Batman v. Superman with $81.6M in 2016 followed by Universal’s Furious 7 in 2015 with $67.4M. That’s with 588K theaters operating in the U.S. and Canada. During the pandemic, prior to Godzilla vs. Kong, the record holder for the best first-day opening title was Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman 1984, with $7.5 million on December 25th.
Godzilla vs. Kong has also received the best reviews for a monster movie, with an A Cinemascore trampling the B+ grades earned by 2014’s Godzilla, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Comscore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak audience exits were also strong with 86% and 4 1/2 stars and a 74% definite recommendation.