News // 'GODZILLA' TAKES A BITE OUT OF THE BOX OFFICE

Rocketman gets a slow and steady start.



Warner Bros. excelled at the box office this weekend with its mediocre-reviewed Godzilla: King of the Monsters (#1). The film sequel did meet studio xpectations (although, just barely) with $49 million, domestically. That was enough to push last weekend's number one film, Aladdin (#2), into second place. The film's predecessor, 2014's Godzilla, walked away with a $94 million opening weekend.


Aladdin dipped just 53%, bringing in $42.3 million for the weekend. Together, both Aladdin and Godzilla helped push the summer box office to over $1.1 billion, already.


As for other new releases, Rocketman (#3) debuted in third place with $25 million. That number is over what Paramount had predicted, but wasn't quite the hit many were expecting after last year's Bohemian Rhapsody. The film, which chronicles the life of musician Elton John and stars Taron Egerton, did receive an A- CinemaScore, which means word-of-mouth could help it to grow into a hit. It's opening was enough to place it as the fourth largest opening ever for a music biopic.


Universal's Ma (#4) also opened wide this weekend, earning $18.2 million on just a $5 million budget.


Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are family film A Dog's Journey (#11), thriller The Intruder (#12), and romantic comedy Long Shot (#15).


Next weekend, Fox will release Dark Phoenix, the next film inthe X-Men franchise, and Universal will push out The Secret Life of Pets 2 to over 4,400 screens. And, Amazon's Late Night will get a limited release.

TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS - $49 million

2. ALADDIN - $42 million

3. ROCKETMAN - $25 million

4. MA - $18.2 million

5. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM - $11.1 million

6. AVENGERS: ENDGAME - $7.8 million

7. DETECTIVE PIKACHU - $6.6 million

8. BOOKSMART - $3.3 million

9. BRIGHTBURN - $2.3 million

10. THE HUSTLE - $1.3 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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