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411 Box Office Report: Godzilla Stomps the Competition
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.18.2014

Make no mistake: Godzilla is back and (financially at least) better than ever. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' reboot of the legendary kaiju crushed the competition at the box office, opening at an incredibly strong $93.2 million for the weekend. The number places Gareth Edwards' action film at the second-highest opening of 2014, behind only Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The number is heads and tails above the $70 million figure that pre-release tracking was predicting for the film. The film averaged $23,584 from 3,952 theaters and opened as well as it did on the strength of an impressive marketing campaign, strong reviews and a B+ CinemaScore that indicates good word of mouth. The film added another $103 million overseas for a total worldwide first-weekend gross of $196.2 million from a budget of $160 million. Long story short: this is a resurrected franchise that will surely see a sequel or twelve.

Slipping to the #2 spot in the wake of Godzilla's dominance was Neighbors. The R-rated comedy brought in $26 million for its second weekend, a drop of 47%. Under most circumstances that could be considered a disappointment for comedies, which typically fall in the mid-to-high thirty percent range. However, the fact that Neighbors opened with unexpectedly high numbers and is attracting a strong male demographic mitigate that fact heavily, as its fanbase likely turned out to see the male audience-dominated Godzilla. Neighbors has now grossed $91.5 million domestically and $146.3 million worldwide from a budget of just $18 million. The film will likely end in the mid-to-high $100 million domestic range and if the holds strengthen up, $200 million isn't completely out of the question.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was down a spot to #3 in its third weekend with $16.8 million. The film has grossed $172.2 million domestically, which is down from all the past Spidey films, but the international grosses are strong and its up to $633.2 worldwide on a $200 budget.

Jon Hamm's baseball drama Million Dollar Arm opened at #4 with $10.5 million. That number is below the mid-teens that Disney was hoping for from this one and turned out to an average of $3,482 from 3,019 theaters. The film got somewhat mixed reviews but scored well with moviegoers, with an A- CinemaScore that should help it week to week. The budget was $25 million and that may well be a challenge for it to make back during its theatrical run at this point, particularly since baseball films don't traditionally do as well overseas.

The Other Woman was down two slots in its fourth weekend, ending at #5 with $6.3 million. The Cameron Diaz-led film has now grossed $71.7 million domestically and $151 million worldwide from a $40 million budget.

Heaven is for Real was also down two rungs, slipping to #6 in its sixth weekend with a $4.4 million tally. The faith-based drama has earned $82.3 million domestically and $84.4 million worldwide on a budget of just $12 million.

Rio 2 dropped one spot to #7 in its fifth week. The animated family film brought in $3.8 million, bringing its total to $118.1 million stateside and $438 million worldwide off of a $103 million production budget.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier began to fade some, down three places to #8 in its seventh weekend. The Marvel sequel pulled in $3.8 million. It now has a domestic gross of $250.6 million and a worldwide box office of $703.4 million. It is just $3 million behind The LEGO Movie for the #1 spot domestically for the year right now. The budget was $170 million.

The animated Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return slipped down a spot in its second weekend to #9 with $2 million. The film slipped 48%, which is an unfortunate number considering its low opening weekend. The movie has grossed $6.6 million on a budget of $70 million.

Finishing out the top ten was Moms' Night Out, down three spots from last weekend with $1.9 million. That is a second-weekend drop of 56%, which is about right for faith-based films but still disappointing when you consider the low opening weekend take. The film has now pulled in $7.3 million from a $5 million budget.

The weekend box office tally was $177.6 million, up 16% from last year's take of $153.9 million which was led by Star Trek Into Darkness' $70.1 million first weekend.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Godzilla - $93.2 million ($93.2 million total)
2. Neighbors - $26 million ($91.5 million total)
3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $16.8 million ($172.2 million total)
4. Million Dollar Arm - $10.5 million ($10.5 million total)
5. The Other Woman - $6.3 million ($71.7 million total)
6. Heaven is for Real - $4.4 million ($82.5 million total)
7. Rio 2 - $3.8 million ($118.1 million total)
8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $3.8 million ($250.6 million total)
9. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return - $2 million ($6.6 million total)
10. Mom's Night Out - $1.9 million ($7.3 million total)


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