A solid $3.7 million is the opening amount “Kong: Skull Island” took in Thursday night preview screenings in North America
The movie is the only major new release in the marketplace, which has been forecast to take in $45 million to $50 million at 3,846 sites this weekend. But the Thursday night amount is less than half of the $9.5 million preview total for Hugh Jackman’s “Logan” a week ago.
“Kong: Skull Island,” stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson. It’s a reboot of the King Kong franchise set on an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. The movie, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, cost $185 million to make.
It has garnered strong reviews, scoring an impressive 79% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have praised the film’s visual effects and fast-paced story.
this weekend, “Kong: Skull Island” is opening in 65 international markets. It comes over 80 years after the original “King Kong,” starring Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray, was released. The movie is the second installment in the “MonsterVerse” series between Legendary and Warner Bros., after 2014’s “Godzilla,” which racked up $529.1 million globally on a $160 million budget.
Next up in the series will be “Godzilla 2” which is set for will open on March, 22, 2019 and “Godzilla vs. Kong” opening on May 21, 2020.
“Kong” is facing a tough challenge for first place from “Logan”, the R-rated final portrayal of Wolverine by Hugh Jackman. “Logan” grossed $88.4 million in its opening weekend and is expected to generate between $40 million and $45 million in its second one.
Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” starring Dan Kaluuya has performed well above forecasts with $90 million so far at the domestic box office.
According to comScore, “Logan” and “Get Out” strong performance have increased the year-to-date domestic box office to $1.99 billion, or 2.8% behind the same point last year as of March 7. This year’s box office had been trailing behind last year’s by around 6%. The gap is expected to close this month, with the launch of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”