Friday Box Office: GODZILLA Eyes “King of the Box Office” Title with Gargantuan $38 Million Debut

     May 17, 2014


The “King of the Monsters” Godzilla made a triumphant return to movie theaters this weekend, and it looks as though the monster is making his presence very known.  Director Gareth Edwards’ new film Godzilla scored a huge $38.5 million on Friday, which puts the film on track for an incredibly impressive $98 million debut.  That’s way above the pre-release predictions, and the film could topple the superhero debuts of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million) earlier this year.  Though some are inexplicably complaining that the film isn’t two hours of non-stop CG-overload, reviews for Godzilla are generally positive, and it appears that the excellent marking campaign brought in considerable interest.

Check out Friday’s full box office report after the jump.

million-dollar-arm-jon-hamm-suraj-sharma-madhur-mittalThis week’s other new release, the sports drama Million Dollar Arm, pulled in $3.5 million on Friday in fourth place and is on track for a disappointing $10 million plus debut.  The feel-good drama hasn’t exactly been drawing in big buzz despite Jon Hamm in the lead, and reviews have been mixed.  Last week’s champ Neighbors, meanwhile, eyes an impressive hold with $8.4 million on Friday for second place and a projected $26 million weekend, and it’s expected to best The Amazing Spider-Man 2 once again as Sony’s superhero sequel brought in $4.5 million on Friday and is on track for a projected $16.1 million weekend.  That brings the film’s full domestic total on Sunday to around $171 million.  By comparison, the first film had made $228 million by its third weekend, though it also enjoyed three extra days in theaters ahead of the July 4th weekend.

Check out the Friday Top 5 below, and come back on Sunday for the full box office report.

Rank Title Friday Total
1 Godzilla $38,525,000 38,525,000
2 Neighbors $8,400,000 $73,925,000
3 Amazing Spider-Man 2 $4,500,000 $159,867,000
4 Million Dollar Arm $3,460,000 $3,460,000
5 The Other Woman $2,050,000 $67,414,000


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