Adam Wingard’s Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire has had the biggest global opening weekend of the year at the box office.

A three-day opening weekend haul of $194 million worldwide puts it ahead of the three-day weekend debut total of Dune Part Two, which was $178 million.


Domestically it was $1.4 million under Dune Part Two with $80 million. Outside the US, particularly in China, Godzilla X Kong was a big hit. Those industrious little fellows to the East added $44 million alone.

The MonsterVerse has now grossed more than $2 billion, while now branching out into TV with Monarch: A Legacy Of Monsters.

Elsewhere, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire passed the $100 million mark globally, up to $108 million, but it also suffered a 65% drop off, meaning it will likely run out of legs at the box office pretty soon.

Dune: Part Two is at $626 million after five weeks of release worldwide, with Kung Fu Panda 4 at $347 million globally.

This seems to indicate that tentpole content will get crowds back in theaters after some lean years caused by COVID and strikes.

Months and months after it’s main release, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer finally opened in Japan. It came in third at their box office with $2.5 million.

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