‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Can’t Muster Much Fire at the Box Office

Godzilla may have been king of the box office this weekend, but it’s fair to say that his reign wasn’t all that impressive.

A sequel to the 2014 film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters debut on top this weekend, but it did it with just $49.5 million. That’s not the sort of number you want to see for a franchise film, especially one that’s first film arrived with $91 million. Even Kong: Skull Island, set in the same world, performed much stronger with a $61 debut in 2017. What happened? Middling reviews didn’t help, for sure. Neither did having Millie Bobby Brown as the focal point of the humans, apparently, with nobody to play off.

I saw Godzilla: King of the Monsters on Friday night and, while the monster battles were great, as you’d expect, I thought the film surrounding it was really not very good. I found none of the human characters remotely engaging and for me, big bads going at it aren’t enough to make a good movie. That being said, it sounds like die-hard Godzilla fans have enjoyed the film; there just may not be enough of them out there these days to make the franchise viable.

As for the rest of the top five, Disneys’s Aladdin had a pretty big 61% drop week to week to land in second place with $44.5 million. Rocketman had a strong third place debut with $22.9 million, while Ma debut in fourth place with $18 million. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum closed things out in fifth place with $10.5 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Godzilla: King of the Monsters – $55 million
2) Disney’s Aladdin – $42 million
3) Rocketman – $29 million
4) Ma – $18 million
5) John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – $14 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Godzilla: King of the Monsters – $49.5 million
2) Disney’s Aladdin – $44.5 million
3) Rocketman – $22.9 million
4) Ma – $18 million
5) John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – $10.5 million

Next week sees the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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