Godzilla vs. Kong: Successful theatrical release sets a record

Godzilla vs. Kong: Successful theatrical release sets a record

Godzilla vs. Kong

These have been difficult times for cinema fans for over a year. Since the beginning of the pandemic in spring 2020, movie theaters around the world have been closed for a long time, in Germany almost all of the time except for a few months last summer. That swirled the film world - as well as countless other industries - a lot: film releases were postponed, canceled or even shifted to digital channels.

Most successful theatrical release

The latest flick from Warner Bros.'s so-called MonsterVerse is also affected, Godzilla vs. Kong. It was supposed to start in spring 2020, but was then postponed several times due to the pandemic. But now the film has been showing in many cinemas in the USA and partly in other countries for almost a week. In the United States, the strip generated sales of around 32 million US dollars on the first weekend, and in the first five days the total even amounts to around 48.5 million US dollars. This exceeded expectations - Godzilla vs. Kong made the most successful film release since the beginning of the pandemic. Previously, Wonder Woman held this title in 1984.

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Free at HBO Max

The unexpected success is due, among other things, to the fact that the USA is making very rapid and successful progress with the vaccination campaign. As a result, many cinemas in the country can open again and ever larger parts of the population are taking advantage of the offer. Still, the theatrical release is amazing, as Godzilla vs. Kong was released on the same day on streaming provider HBO Max, at no extra cost. The film is available there for a month. The service is not officially offered in Germany. A VPN can help here for German fans.

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More films in MonsterVerse

Internationally, Godzilla vs. Kong has already grossed around 285 million US dollars in the first few days after its theatrical release, the film has already been shown in China, for example. This is offset by pure production costs of around 165 million US dollars. Industry experts see the start of the monster film as a positive sign for the cinema and film industry and expect strong business in the summer, when more and more cinemas open again around the world. Thanks to the great success of Godzilla vs. Kong, nothing should stand in the way of other films in the MonsterVerse series. As part of this, Godzilla (2014 (, Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019)) have already appeared in the past.

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Source: Variety

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