Weekend Box Office | 'King of the Monsters' ... and the charts

Godzilla is King of the Box Office with $179 Million Worldwide

Godzilla is King of the Box Office with $179 Million Worldwide

Though the film saw a significant drop in the U.S. as the 2014 Godzilla reboot opened with $93 million in May of 2014, the film opened higher internationally than the previous movie ($130 million to $103 million in 2014).

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, a sequel about the famed Japanese movie monster, opened as the top film in North America, outdrawing a biopic about pop star Elton John and toppling Aladdin after just a week at No. 1. Directed by Michael Dougherty, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" follows the eponymous monster who faces off against his nemesis, King Ghidorah, and other ancient mythic creatures who are wreaking havoc on Earth. That's barely more than half of the $93 million debut of 2014's "Godzilla". These films earned a respectable $25 million and $18 million this weekend respectively.

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"Godzilla: King of the Monsters" took in an estimated 179 million dollars worldwide through Sunday, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.

Aladdin slipped into second placed, dropping 54% and bringing in $42 million domestically for a USA total of $185 million. That pushes the live-action adaptation of the 1992 animated classic to $185 million here in the states and $261 million globally. Paramount shelled out $40 million to produce the R-rated "Rocketman", which doesn't shy away from sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. The low-budget (a reported $5 million in production costs) fright-fest anchored by Octavia Spencer performed better with critics (62% on Rotten Tomatoes) but wasn't embraced by ticket buyers, with a mediocre B- Cinemascore.

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