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‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ makes Massive $123M Overseas Debut, breaks all Record for Start For Hollywood During Pandemic

Soham Ghosh

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This weekend witnessed the Legendary’s Godzilla Vs Kong set a new record for the biggest debut in international box office by a Hollywood film during the pandemic era with $123.1M from 38 overseas markets. That’s a little more than the Sunday estimate of $121.8M. China topped with an updated $69.2M (RMB 450.5M). At present exchange rates, GVK is showing 61% ahead of 2014’s Godzilla, 13% ahead of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and almost at par with the opening weekend of Kong: Skull Island.

To recall there are still restrictions in terms of capacity in many places, but the turnover for GVK shows that when there is massive new product available, movie lovers will flock to cinemas. If the film was released in a ‘normal’ world, the opening weekend revenue might have been closer to $200M, but in any way, there is celebration in distribution circles today with people seeing the outcome as a big win and a signal of better times to come.

Mexico and Australia had great business, with the former reaching at $6.5M. Till date this is the strongest launch since movie halls reopened and reaches over 20% ahead of Godzilla, 21% above Skull Island and 48% over KOTM.

Other markets are like Russia with $5.9M gross revenue in the first weekend. In TaiwanGVK’s $5.3M became the second largest opening for Warner Bros ever, just behind AquamanIndia also performed great, with great response in the south and reaching to $4.9M for the 2nd biggest opening weekend during the era of pandemic as well as Warner Bros’s third best start of all time. Rounding up the Top 10 markets include Thailand ($3.3M), Korea ($2.8M), Vietnam ($2.5M) and Malaysia ($2.1M).

LAST, FRIDAY:

Warner Bros Legendary’s Godzilla Vs Kong blasted off to a speculated $21.5M (RMB 140M) start in China today, pretty nice for the best opening day of any Hollywood title in the market since Covid began. The film greatly dominated the Middle Kingdom with almost an 88% share and was played on around 42,482 screens. If we include the various other 37 overseas markets where GVK is launching this session, the fourth title in Legendary’s modern monster series is now aiming at a $90M+ international box office debut.

SATURDAY UPDATE:

After a great start on Friday, Warner Bros Legendary’s Godzilla Vs Kong cracked up another estimated turnover of $28M (RMB 183.5M) on Saturday in China. That’s a 33% increase from Friday’s opening which, actually, was $21.1M (RMB 137M). Depending on the numbers on Sunday, it may be a tight fight to top Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ China debut of $66M (unadjusted), but signs are looking really positive. The current estimated turnover in China within two days is RMB 320.4M ($49M).

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