Box Office: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Takes $61-M for #1 at the Weekend
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Overseas, the reboot debuts to $81.6-M for a global take of $142.6-M, ‘Logan’ falls to # 2 as it pasted $150-M in the US and $430-M worldwide.
Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island debuted bigger than expected in its North American box-office, scaling $61-M from 3,846 theaters to Top Wolverine 3quel Logan.
Kong: Skull Island hopes to restore the world’s most famous Ape to glory and build a new film franchise, with a Kong v. Godzilla installment already in the works.
The movie, costing at least $185-M to make before a major marketing spend, will likely need to earn $500-M globally to land in the “Green”.
Overseas, Kong: Skull Island opened to $81.6-M from 65 markets sans China, where it hits theaters 24 March, for a global bow of $142.6-M. It came in # 1 almost everywhere.
Kong: Skull Island is the 1st Hollywood studio movie featuring the iconic Ape since Peter Jackson’s Y 2005 King Kong.
The new pic garnered strong reviews for a 78% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes; audiences were less keen, awarding it a B+ CinemaScore.
Falling to # 2, Logan grossed an estimated $37.9-M for a decline of 57%, a good showing for a fanboy-driven title. The R-rated movie, which cost just under $100-M to produce, has earned nearly $152.7-M domestically and $285-M overseas for $437.7-M global box office..
Logan’s weekend foreign take of $70-M was not far behind Kong.
Get Out continued to scare up strong business for Universal and Blumhouse Productions domestically, placing # 3 with an impressive $21-M in its 3rd weekend and crossing the $100-M mark for a total $111.1-M through Sunday. The horror film cost under $5-M to make.
Lionsgate’s faith-based title The Shack, landed at #4 in its 2nd weekend, dipping 38% to $10.1-M for a domestic total of $32.3-M
Warners’ The Lego Batman Movie rounded out the Top 5 with $7.8-M in its 5th weekend for $159-M domestically and $275.5-M take at the worldwide box office.
Among new offerings at the specialty box office
IFC’s Personal Shopper, directed by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas and starring Kristen Stewart, debuted to $92,516 from 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a screen average of $23,129, the best of the weekend for any title.
Ritesh Batra’s The Sense of an Ending, starring Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent, also debuted in 4 cinemas in New York and Los Angeles, earning $42,000 for a theater average of $10,500 for CBS Films.
The latest documentary to take on the Church of Scientology did not fare well.
My Scientology Movie, from BBC journalist Louis Theroux, took in $10,568 at ArcLight Hollywood, which is not far from the church’s Hollywood Outpost and Celebrity Center for a disappointing average of $5,284.
Among other prestige titles, A24’s Moonlight fell to $1-M from 987 locations after scoring the Top number of its run at $2.3-M, a week ago from 1,564 theaters on the heels of its best picture Oscar win.. To date, Moonlight’s theatrical box office stands at $27-M.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.