WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ movie had a box office record of $48.5 million in ticket sales in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
- The film was the highest earner since the outbreak of the virus.
- The US box office would still need a revamp in order to fully recover amidst the pandemic restrictions in the field of entertainment.
Amid the continuous pandemic, ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ made a promising box office record with $32 million earned over the weekend — making a total of roughly $49 million during the first five days of its release.
The newest Warner Bros. produced movie had the biggest debut since the COVID-19 outbreak last year. Prior to the monsters’ film, Gal Gadot’s ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ held the biggest three-day earnings with $16.7 million and ‘Tom and Jerry’ with $14 million.
The ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ movie was also available to HBO Max subscribers with no additional charges, yet the theatre film registered remarkable figures. The number of people who have streamed the film was not yet known.
According to Franchise Entertainment Research’s David Gross, the ticket sales were “strong” despite the “still-difficult conditions.”
“While it’s half of what it would be under normal circumstances, the weekend is a clear and positive indication that moviegoing has inherent strengths that aren’t going away,” he said.
Over half of US movie theaters nationwide have already reopened. Most movie houses, however, especially in areas such as Los Angeles and New York City, remain in operation but at limited capacity in accordance with the enforced restrictions.
Other recent movies displayed encouraging earnings early this year.
At far second, ‘The Unholy’ by Sony Pictures posted $3.2 million in sales. Bob Odenkirk’s film ‘Nobody’ earned $3 million this weekend. Meanwhile, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ by Disney had $2 million in sales. In its sixth weekend, ‘Tom and Jerry’ earned $1.5 million.
While the recorded sales for the monstrous movie looked promising, the US box office would still need a long way to go to completely recover from the economic shutdown caused by the continuous pandemic.