Despite Mixed Reviews, ‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ Earns Smashing $194 Million and Lands Biggest Opening Weekend of the Year

Despite Mixed Reviews, 'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire' Earns Smashing $194 Milion and Lands Biggest Opening Weekend of the Year
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire premiered on March 29, 2024, as the most recent installment in the MonsterVerse franchise. The movie received mixed reviews from critics and is one of the installments with the lowest score, but fans are amazed as things stand now, and the box office earnings seem to confirm that. The movie surpassed expectations for its opening day and previews, and now that the first weekend is over, it has earned an amazing $194 million, landing the best opening weekend of the year, as well as breaking into the top ten list of highest-grossing movies after just one weekend.

The movie has just started its theatrical run, and to be frank, it is projected to become a box office hit. With the success of the movie, the MonsterVerse franchise also managed to hit past the $2-billion mark, becoming one of the most lucrative franchises in movie history.

The movie once again reunites the titular monsters, Godzilla and King Kong, against a shared enemy, but this time it is not an enemy closely related to Godzilla, but to King Kong. We won’t be spoiling any of the fun for you, so don’t worry, no details are going to be revealed.

And while the fans gave the movie an “A-“, as CinemaScore reports, the critical consensus, as presented by Rotten Tomatoes, describes the movie as follows:  “Come to Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire for the sheer monster-mashing spectacle — and stay for that too, because the movie doesn’t have much else to offer.” The critics, as you can see, aren’t really excited, but the fans keep pouring in, so we can say that the movie is, indeed, doing quite well.

Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry returned as Dr. Ilene Andrews and Bernie Hayes respectively, as did the young Kaylee Hottle in the role of Jia. As for the new faces you will see in the movie, Dan Stevens plays the villain Trapper in the film, while Alex Ferns, Fala Chen, and Rachel House also appear as Mikael, Iwi Queen, and Hampton, respectively. Adam Wingard is directing the movie from a script by Terry Rossio, Simon Barrett, and Jeremy Slater.

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