Godzilla celebrated his 60th anniversary in style this weekend as the king of the monsters topped the domestic box office.
According to Variety, “Godzilla” brought in an estimated $93.2 million in North America, the largest May opening weekend for a Warner Bros. film ever. $38.5 million of that was on Friday, the biggest opening day for a film in 2014 thus far.
The new film made more than double the opening weekend of Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla,” which brought in $44 million when it opened in 1998 and went on to gross a little more than $136 million domestically and $242 million worldwide.
According to Metacritic, “Godzilla” has received “generally favorable reviews,” ranking a “62” on the site. In her review of the film, SPINOFF ONLINE’s Josie Campbell said, “While the 2014 ‘Godzilla’ is fun and leagues better than the 1998 version, it lacks the charm and excitement of the classic 1950s and ’60s monster films it references. One can only hope the inevitable sequel will be placed in more decisive hands.”
Last week’s No. 1 film “Neighbors” dropped to No. 2 in its second weekend, bringing in another estimated $25.9 million for a domestic total of $91.5 million. “Amazing Spider-Man 2” landed at No. 3 with an estimated $16.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $172 million. “Million Dollar Arm,” which stars Jon Hamm as a sports agent recruiting baseball players from India, opened to an estimated $10.5 million.