Estimates say Godzilla: King of Monsters will take the number one spot from Aladdin, with the former eyeing a reported $49.5 million weekend domestically. That's below the previously projected $60-$65 million. Should these new estimates stick, that would actually see the film open below 2017's Kong, which took in $61 million in its opening weekend. Still, $49.5 million is enough to overtake Aladdin, as that film falls into second place with $44.5 million in its second weekend.
That take would bring Aladdin's domestic box office haul to over $187 million. The film should cross $200 million over the course of the next week. The Disney flick may face some competition when the family-friendly Secret Lives of Pets 2 opens next week, but for the most part, it should have some legs leading up to the release of Toy Story 4, which will surely win the box office, as projections have it eyeing a massive opening weekend already.
As for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, while the film didn't have a huge domestic bow, the film is performing well overseas. The film earned $31.4 million yesterday internationally -- $18 million from China is included in that total -- and should surpass $100 million overseas this weekend. Adding in today, China's total is expected to climb to $48 million and the film could potentially see an opening (global) weekend of $175 million come Sunday.
Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as the Sultan of Agrabah, Billy Magnussen as new character Prince Anders, and Frank Welker and Alan Tudyk as the voices of Abu and Iago, respectively.