Each week on Atom Insider, we break down the box office numbers for all of the biggest films opening in theaters. This week, Godzilla breathed fire on the competition with a solid debut.
This Week’s Top Earner – ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’
The sequel to Godzilla from 2014 made $49 million domestically in its opening weekend, which was enough for it to tower confidently over the competition. But that number is almost half the debut of the previous Godzilla film, and just below 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, suggesting Warner Bros’ “Monsterverse” of interconnected kaiju-based films might be losing interest with audiences.
For context, King of the Monsters made less in its opening weekend than Aladdin, John Wick 3, and Pokémon Detective Pikachu did in their opening weekends, the commonality being they all opened this month as well. Outside of 2019, King of the Monsters performed similarly to Neighbors, a May release from 2014. That said, the film is being carried by global ticket sales. Worldwide, it’s managed to gross over $179 million, enough to overcome its reported production budget of $170 million.
Second Place – ‘Aladdin’
Disney has another hit at its command. Aladdin dipped just one spot to #2 in its second weekend, making $42.3 million in North America. It’s made $445.9 million globally, which means it’s made almost $100 million more than Dumbo in just two weeks. This is great news for fans of Disney live-action remakes who want even more of these films coming down the pipeline, especially if Lion King proves to be even more successful later this summer.
Aladdin is also on its way to becoming the second highest-grossing musical of all time, domestically. It managed to beat out The Greatest Showman and is just a day or two away from making more than Grease from 1978. It almost certainly won’t manage to unseat Beauty and the Beast (2017), another Disney live-action remake.
And Third – ‘Rocketman’
It’s a little bit funny…how well musical biopics are doing these days. Paramount’s Rocketman didn’t pull out show-stopping numbers, but its $25 million domestic debut and $56 million worldwide gross means this is one hell of an opening act. Rocketman won’t come close to touching Bohemian Rhapsody, which finished its run at $903.6 million worldwide, but it had the fourth strongest opening weekend performance for a musical biopic domestically, behind All Eyez on Me, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Straight Outta Compton, which all came out in the last several years.
Rounding Out The Rest Of The Box Office
This weekend’s other wide release was Ma, which debuted at #4 in a crowded box office fray. The Blumhouse horror thriller made $18.2 million domestically and $21 million worldwide, which is killer for a film that only cost $5 million, reportedly. Ma made around the same amount in its opening weekend as Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Sinister, and The First Purge, which are all fellow Blumhouse productions.
John Wick: Chapter 3 (Lionsgate) dropped three spots to #5, making $11.1 million in its third weekend. The Keanu Reeves action film has made an impressive $221.6 million worldwide off of a reported budget of $75 million.
Avengers: Endgame (Disney) dropped three spots to #6, and it’s fading fast in its sixth weekend. The MCU film made just $7.8 million domestically, enough to bring its North American total to a colossal $815 million, which is still over $100 million away from beating the current record holder. Looks like both Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hold on to their all-time box office status for now.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros) dropped three spots to #7 (you might sense a pattern at this point) with $6.6 million domestically. After a month at the box office, this new franchise starter has made $392.1 million worldwide, more than doubling its reported budget of $150 million.
Looks like some word got around for Booksmart (Annapurna). It only fell two spots to #8 with $3.3 million domestically, beating out Brightburn (Sony) at #9 with $2.3 million. Booksmart has made $14.3 million total (without an international release), so its low reported budget of $6 million is looking like a saving grace for the studio. Brightburn has made about the same amount domestically (and has the same reported budget), but its international returns provide an additional $10 million to its total gross.
The Hustle (MGM) fell two spots to #10 with $1.3 million domestically, holding on to the Top 10 with all its might after a surprisingly steady month at the box office. Worldwide, the caper comedy has made $73.9 million against a reported $21 million budget.
And They’re Out
That was a quick trip for A Dog’s Journey (Universal), which fell off the Top 10 in its third weekend after losing over 1,600 theaters and dropping four spots to #11. If only dogs had nine lives. The Intruder (Screen Gems) wrapped up its modest five-week run after losing half its theaters and dropping three spots to #12. And Long Shot (Lionsgate) fell five spots to #15 after losing almost all of its theaters. It’s finishing its five-week run at about $42.1 million, barely more than its production budget and in the red when factoring in marketing costs.
Check back with Atom Insider later this week as we preview all the new releases hitting theaters this Friday.