"Kong: Skull Island" is poised for an epic struggle against a bunch of mutants and some well-armed humans as it takes on "Logan" at the box office this weekend.
According to Deadline "Kong" is currently on track to earn between $110-$135 million globally on its opening weekend, an impressive number, yes, but well short of the $170 projected for "Logan" on the eve of its release.
However, Deadline also notes that thanks to a strong 81% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the lucrative spring break market buoying it, "Kong" could still be crowned king of on the domestic box office, especially if sales for "Logan" drop significantly in the Fox film's second week of release.
“Kong: Skull Island” is part of Legendary Pictures MonsterVerse cinematic universe, which unifies the lore between the studio’s modern “Godzilla” and “King Kong” films. Originally announced back in October 15, the cinematic universe will include other kaiju from Japanese film studio Toho’s extensive back catalog, including Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. “Kong: Skull Island” was preceded by Gareth Edward’s 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, and will be succeeded by the direct sequel to that film, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in 2019. Godzilla and King Kong will do battle in the 2020 film “Godzilla vs. Kong.”
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Jing Tian, “Kong: Skull Island” debuts in theaters on March 10.