Kong: Skull Island dominates the US box office

Susannah Alexander

From Digital Spy

Kong: Skull Island has rampaged right to the top of the US box office this weekend, swiping Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine outing Logan aside.

Kong brought in a massive $61 million over its opening weekend, beating its box office estimates of $45-$50 million nicely, Variety reports.

Logan, which is in its second weekend of release, scooped up another $37.9 million to hold onto second place in the rankings and bringing its total US earnings to $152.6 million.

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Kong: Skull Island is designed to be the second instalment in a new monster movie franchise for Legendary and Warner Bros, following 2014's Godzilla.

If all goes to plan, a sequel movie will see King Kong and Godzilla do battle in a showdown that's bound to draw the crowds.

Due to its huge production costs, Kong: Skull Island will need to make a whopping $500 million worldwide to be considered a success.

So, no pressure there then. But at least it's off to a good start

The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson and Brie Larson and follows a team of scientists who encounter some terrifying creatures on an uncharted Pacific island.

Elsewhere in the US box office, low-budget thriller and surprise box office success Get Out is in the number three position.

The film, about a black man whose visit to his white girlfriend's home town goes horrifyingly wrong, racked up $21.1 million this week for a total US gross of $111 million.

The top five is completed by faith-based drama The Shack at No. 4, which grossed $10.1 million, and animated comedy The LEGO Batman Movie, which earned another $7.8 million in its fifth week of release.

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Here's this week's top ten films at the US box office in full:

1. (-) Kong: Skull Island - $61,015,000

2. (1) Logan - $37,850,000

3. (2) Get Out - $21,072,600

4. (3) The Shack - $10,050,000

5. (4) The LEGO Batman Movie - $7,820,000

6. (6) Before I Fall - $3,107,910

7. (7) Hidden Figures - $2,765,000

8. (5) John Wick: Chapter Two - $2,700,000

9. (10) La La Land - $1,770,000

10. (9) Fifty Shades Darker - $1,629,250

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