Godzilla: King of the Monsters claimed the top spot at the US box office over the weekend, but it fell somewhat short of studio expectations consuming $49 million in its first three days. Internationally, King of the Monster generated $130 million for a global debut just shy of $180 million.
The third installment in Warner Bros' MonsterVerse has debuted noticeably lower than both 2014's Godzilla, and 2017's Kong: Skull Island. Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot might have featured a lack of the titular titan, but it did make $93 million over its opening weekend for a $200 million domestic total. Skull Island launched to $61 million back in 2017 for a final domestic cume of $168 million. Both films relied heavily on international takings for profitability with Godzilla making $328 million, and Skull Island improving on that with $398 million. Based on its tepid opening weekend, King of the Monsters is going to struggle to match that success.
The belated sequel to 2014's reboot has had a difficult time generating the same level of anticipation in the run-up to release. We've been bombarded with trailers showing way too much footage, and the first reviews didn't arrive until a couple of days before it hit cinemas. The recurring complaint seems to be a lack of story or well-rounded characters, but on a positive note, it delivers on giants monsters leveling cities trying to kill each other. Regardless of how things turn out at the box office, the next entry in the MonsterVerse is already underway with Adam Wingard's (The Guest) Godzilla vs Kong due in cinemas March 2020. Having been declared King of the Monsters it is difficult to see a giant ape possing much of a threat, but we'll have to wait until next year to find out.
Elsewhere in the US top ten new releases Rocketman, and MA claimed third and fourth place respectively. Taron Egerton gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Elton John in Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman, generating more than $25 million over the weekend, Paramount will be hoping it's the start of a long theatrical engagement like Boeheim Rhapsody enjoyed last year. Octavia Spencer reunites with The Help director Tate Taylor for psychological thriller Ma. Produced by Jason Blum (Get Out, Us, Happy Death Day), Ma cost just $5 million to make and coaxed $18 million from moviegoers.
John Wick Chapter 3 crossed another milestone for the action franchise that stars Keanu Reeves. Chapter 3 is the first film in the series to make more than $200 million with a global haul currently sitting on $222 million. Avengers Endgame is less than $70 million away from becoming the highest grossing movie of all time; I think it is fair to say it is a question of when not if Endgame will topple James Cameron's Avatar.