Weekend box office: Godzilla easily takes the top spot
Apparently, good things happen when you take a talented young director, a talented and capable cast and a popular movie monster and put them all together to reboot a franchise. It’s something the studio clearly didn’t understand back in 1998, but something I guess they figured out along the way. As it looks now, the 2014 version of GODZILLA (click the link to read our review) is poised to make close to $100 million at the weekend box office. It should end up being the highest weekend gross of the year (granted, it’s early) and maybe the most surprising thing is that the film has no ties to Marvel. And it’s not just the name “Godzilla”, since the aforementioned 1998 version only opened to $44 million. This year’s GODZILLA is doing it through word of mouth and the fact that it’s actually a fun movie. No lame Taco Bell tie-in necessary. Unfortunately, the well reviewed and seemingly well liked MILLION DOLLAR ARM couldn’t find an audience, but I’m guessing it will hang around the top ten for a while and will probably end up doing okay.
Next week sees the much anticipated release of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and although GODZILLA had a huge opening this past weekend, I think X-Men will beat it and easily cross the $100 million mark. In case Mutants or giant lizards aren’t your thing, the latest Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team up, BLENDED, also hits theaters. I would normally not bet against Adam Sandler, but even he isn’t going to be able to compete with X-Men. I get the counter-programming, but I’m not sure it was wise to release BLENDED this early in the summer. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Godzilla $93.5m
2. Neighbors $25.8m
3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $16.5m
4. Million Dollar Arm $10.5m
5. The Other Woman $6.3m
6. Heaven is For Real $4.6m
7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $3.8m
8. Rio 2 $3.7m
9. Mom’s Night Out $2.1m
10. Legend of Oz: Dorothy’s Return $1.9m