Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” took the top spot at the box-office, but the monster sequel came in under expectations – debuting with $49 million domestically.
That’s just over half of the $93 million that its reboot predecessor opened to five years ago. Internationally the new movie brought in a further $130 million, a higher debut than the $103 million of the 2014 film. Boasting a monstrous $200 million budget, the film has had to overcome mixed reviews which may have undercut early estimates which pegged it around 20% higher.
The other big newcomer this weekend was the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” which opened in third with $25 million. Costing an economical $40 million, the film has scored far better reviews than “Bohemian Rhapsody” though the tame and heavily toned down Queen biopic will easily outgross it.
The live-action “Aladdin” was smack in the middle of that money-making menage a trois, taking in a further $42.3 million during its second weekend. So far the Guy Ritchie-helmed film has now earned $185 million in North America and $260.9 million overseas.
The Octavia Spencer-led psychological thriller “Ma” also opened, snagging a strong $18.2 million – excellent numbers for a film that only cost $5 million to make. “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” closed out the top five with $11.1 million to add to its domestic haul of $125 million.