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‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ roars to an $80M opening as ‘Ghostbusters’ slips to #2

LOS ANGELES — The Godzilla-King Kong combo stomped on expectations as “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” roared to an $80 million opening on 3,861 North American screens, according to Sunday studio estimates.

The monster mash-up from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures starring Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry brought the second-highest opening in what has been a robust year, falling just short of the the $81.5 million debut of “Dune: Part 2.”

Projections had put the the opening weekend of “Godzilla x Kong: Frozen Empire” at closer to $50 million.

“Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire” upended expectations by raking in $80 million on opening night. AP
“Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire” upended expectations by raking in $80 million on opening night. AP

Last week’s No. 1 at the box office, “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” was second with $15.7 million for a two-week total of $73.4 million.

Dune: Part Two” stayed strong in its fifth week, falling in the third spot with an $11.1 million take and a domestic total of 252.4 million.

The last matchup of the two monsters from Warner Bros. and Legendary, 2021’s “Godzilla vs. Kong,” had a much smaller opening weekend of $48.5 million, but that was a huge number for a film slowed by the coronavirus pandemic and released simultaneously on HBO Max.

The newer film had the second biggest opening of the studios’ broader MonsterVerse franchise. “Godzilla” brought in $93.2 million in 2014.

The new Ghostbusters film amassed a two-week total of $73.4 million. AP
The new Ghostbusters film amassed a two-week total of $73.4 million. AP

Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

  1. “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” 80 million.

  2. “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” $15.7 million.

  3. “Dune: Part Two,” $11.1 million.

  4. “Kung Fu Panda 4,” $10.2. million.

  5. “Immaculate,” $3.3 million.

  6. “Arthur the King,” $2.4 million.

  7. “Late Night With the Devil,” $2.2 million.

  8. “Tillu Square,” $1.8 million.

  9. “Crew,” $1.5 million.

  10. “Imaginary,” $1.4 million.