Kong: Skull Island Stomps Its Way Past $500 Million Worldwide


Legendary Pictures' "Kong: Skull Island" opened domestically last month with $61 million, smashing early projections -- not to mention the box-office competition -- with its new take on the iconic movie monster. However, its rampage didn't stop there.

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Variety reports director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' action-adventure crossed the $500 million mark at the global box office on Thursday, becoming the third film of the year to reach that milestone (after Fox's "Logan" and Disney's "Beauty and the Beast").

The second film in Legendary's MonsterVerse shared cinematic universe, which began in 2014 with "Godzilla," "Skull Island" has earned $150 million in its first four weeks of release in North America. Overseas, it's grossed $358.7 million, led by China with $123 million. "Skull Island" opened in China with $22.5 million, the second-largest English-language film of 2017 in that country, behind "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter."

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The MonsterVerse continues in 2019 with "Godzilla," followed in 2020 by "Godzilla vs. Kong."

“Kong: Skull Island” centers on a 1970s expedition to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean, where the team encounters the monstrous Skullcrawlers and the giant ape known as Kong. In theaters now, the film stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly.

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