Godzilla Vs Kong will hit theaters and HBO Max March 31, but Legendary’s latest Monster-Verse movie has already opened in China and looks set to be the first pandemic-era blockbuster to land a serious coin. the cash register.
The Adam Wingard movie cost an estimated $ 21.5 million (RMB 140 million) in the Middle Kingdom on Friday and is expected to end in the high $ 60 million over the weekend. Taking into account the other 37 overseas markets, GVK could be looking at an international debut of $ 90M +.
Initial reactions on social media were mostly very positive (when not?), But some of the full reviews were a little more difficult for the massive crossover event. However, the embargo has not been officially lifted in all locations, so we won’t be reading carefully about the critical reception in the coming days.
It’s a question almost as old as cinema itself: who would win in a fight, Godzilla or King Kong? With Godzilla Vs. Kong, that question will finally be answered – definitively, according to the film’s director, Adam Wingard.
But what about the other important question everyone on the Internet is all too happy to ask? Of course we speak of “Why don’t they kiss?” Since we are hard-hitting journalists, we asked Wingard that same question in the video above. As he tells us in the clip, he regrets not using Weta Digital for that purpose when he was making the movie, although he describes a clip they did for him that didn’t make the movie: A verbildered Kong , hands on the side of his head, looking frantic and panicked. Here’s the hope it makes the bonus roll.
Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Shun Oguri, Jessica Henwick and Brian Tyree Henry, Godzilla Vs. Kong pits the two famous monsters against each other in an epic battle. Eric Pearson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Max Borenstein (The Terror) wrote the screenplay.
King of the Monsters was all set to continue the streak, perhaps even raising the bar with Godzilla battling fan-favorite enemies like Mothra and Ghidorah. But the film was largely rejected by critics who found the story clichéd and messy, the human characters dull and incredible, and the monster action intermittently thrilling but very difficult to follow.
(So much rain! So much darkness!). It became the first Rotten entry in the Fresh franchise until then. Cinemas were more forgiving, taking the Audience Score to 83%, but they barely showed up in droves to see it: King of the Monsters made $ 110 million at the US box office, just over half of what Godzilla had done five years earlier .
But does this royal rumble really deserve its reputation as the MonsterVerse’s dark sheep? That’s what we’re asking on the eve of the franchise’s latest entry, Godzilla Vs. Kong, in the latest episode of our podcast Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast from Rotten Tomatoes). Hosts Jacqueline Coley and Mark Ellis are Fandango’s own king of the movies, Erik Davis – together, our trio break down the movie’s most exciting (if not exciting) sequences, where the human story went wrong and how a movie about fighting beasts managed to one of our hosts just got bored.