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    GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE Weekend 4 Box Office Report

    Source: Comscore
    Special Thanks to Paul Dergarabedian

    Comscore has announced the official North American and Global box office estimates for the weekend of April 21, 2024, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services. As the trusted official standard for real-time worldwide box office reporting, Comscore provides the only theater-level reporting in the world. Customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results around the world using Comscore's suite of products.


    Comscore – Domestic Box Office Estimates – April 21, 2024, by Paul Dergarabedian  

    A re-cap of this weekend’s notable performers as reported by their respective distributors. Please note this weekend’s overall total estimated 3-day Domestic box office is $65.4M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $1.981B through Sunday) is down 19% vs. 2023.

    ■ Notable Domestic Openers

    • Universal’s R-rated horror film ABIGAIL opened in the second spot with $10.2 million in 3,384 locations for a PTA of $3,014. After a group of would-be criminals kidnap the 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, all they have to do to collect a $50 million ransom is watch the girl overnight. In an isolated mansion, the captors start to dwindle, one by one, and they discover, to their mounting horror, that they're locked inside with no normal little girl. From Radio Silence--the directing team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett behind the terrifying modern horror hits READY OR NOT, 2022's SCREAM and last year's SCREAM VI--comes a brash, blood-thirsty new vision of the vampire flick, written by Stephen Shields (THE HOLE IN THE GROUND, ZOMBIE BASHERS) and Guy Busick (Scream franchise, READY OR NOT). Abigail stars Melissa Barrera (Scream franchise, IN THE HEIGHTS) and Stevens (GASLIT, LEGION).
    • In the 4th position, Lionsgate’s presentation of Guy Ritchie’s THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE opened in 2,845 theatres to a weekend debut of $9.0 million for a PTA $3,163. The film, which is playing in the US only at 2,845 locations (Canada will release via Amazon) is Ritchie’s best debut since 2020's THE GENTLEMEN. Based upon recently declassified files of the British War Department and inspired by true events, the film is an action-comedy that tells the story of the first-ever special forces organization formed during WWII by UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a small group of military officials including author Ian Fleming. The films stars Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Eiza González, Cary Elwes, Til Schweiger, Alex Pettyfer, Henry Golding, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Babs Olusamokun & Henrique Zaga.
    • Rounding out the Top 5, Crunchyroll/Sony reports the Japanese anime film SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE opened in 2,009 locations to a weekend debut of $4.875 million for a PTA of $2,427. He's a spy. She's an assassin. Together, Loid and Yor keep their double lives to themselves while pretending to be the perfect family. However, their adopted daughter Anya, a telepath, knows both of their exciting secrets unbeknownst to them. While under the guise of taking his family on a weekend winter getaway, Loid's attempt to make progress on his current mission Operation Strix proves difficult when Anya mistakenly gets involved and triggers events that threaten world peace! The film is directed by Takashi Katagiri.
    • Fathom reports MET OPERA: LA RONDINE was presented in 733 theatres on Saturday earning $699,639 for a PTA of $954. Puccini’s bittersweet love story makes a rare Met appearance, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his highly anticipated company debut as Ruggero, an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of the French Riviera.
    • Fathom reports IRENA’S VOW opened on Monday, 4-15 for a weekend debut of $197,899 for a PTA of $2,040 in 97 theatres and a domestic cume through Sunday of $479,692. The historical drama is told through the eyes of a strong-willed woman comes the remarkable true story of Irena Gut and the triumphs of the human spirit over devastating tragedy. 19-year-old Irena is promoted to housekeeper in the home of a highly respected Nazi officer when she finds out that the Jewish ghetto is about to be liquidated. Determined to help the Jewish workers, she decides to shelter them in the safest place she can think of-the basement of the German commandant’s house.
    • SPC opened WE GROWN NOW earning $36,545 on 9 screens, with a per screen average of 4,061. In 1992 Chicago, as Michael Jordan solidifies himself as a champion, a story of two young legends in their own right begins. As wide-eyed and imaginative best friends Malik and Eric traverse the city, looking to escape the mundaneness of school and the hardships of growing up in public housing, their unbreakable bond is challenged when tragedy shakes their community just as they are learning to fly. The PG-rated drama stars Blake Cameron James, Gian Knight Ramirez, Jurnee Smollett and is directed by Minhal Baig.
    • Neon reports STRESS POSITIONS opened in 1 theatre to a debut weekend of $28k. This comedy film tells the story of Terry Goon (John Early) who is keeping strict quarantine in his ex-husband’s Brooklyn brownstone while caring for his nephew Bahlul, a 19-year-old model from Morocco, bedridden after an electric scooter accident. Unfortunately for Terry, everyone in his life wants to meet the model. The whole pack of them - including his reckless and outspoken best friend Karla (played by director/writer Theda Hammel) - descend on the dilapidated house, crowding the model, breaking Terry’s cherished rules, and putting his barely formed political convictions to the test.


    ■ Notable Domestic Holdovers

    • In the top spot once again, A24’s CIVIL WAR now in weekend 2 in 3,929 theatres earned $11,127,752 for a PTA of $2,832 for a domestic cume through Sunday of $44,884,414. The R-rated action drama directed by Alex Garland (EX MACHINA) portrays a journey across a dystopian future America, following a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, Jesse Plemons, Sonoya Mizuno & Stephen McKinley Henderson.
    • Warner Bros.’ GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE now in weekend 4 lands in the 3rd spot in 3,658 theatres with $9.455 million for a PTA of $2,585 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $171,616,510. The worldwide total now adds up to $485.2m through Sunday. Directed by Adam Wingard, this latest entry in the MonsterVerse franchise follows up the explosive showdown of GODZILLA VS. KONG with an all-new cinematic adventure, pitting the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence -- and our own. The epic new film will delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever. The film stars Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Alex Ferns, Brian Tyree Henry, Fala Chen & Kaylee Hottle.
    • In 6th, Universal reports KUNG FU PANDA 4 now in weekend 7 earned $4.6 million in 2,955 theatres for a PTA of $1,557 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $179,982,475. The film now has a global cume of $480.306M. After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po, the Dragon Warrior (Golden Globe nominee Jack Black), is called upon by destiny to … give it a rest already. More specifically, he’s tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace. That poses a couple of obvious problems. First, Po knows as much about spiritual leadership as he does about the paleo diet, and second, he needs to quickly find and train a new Dragon Warrior before he can assume his new lofty position.


    ■ Notable Expansions

    • Bleecker Street reports SASQUATCH SUNSET will gross $453,110 in its second weekend in 856 theatres (adding 847 locs.) for a weekend PTA of $529 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $566,058. In the misty forests of North America, a family of Sasquatches – possibly the last of their enigmatic kind – embark on an absurdist, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey over the course of one year. These shaggy and noble giants fight for survival as they find themselves on a collision course with the ever-changing world around them. Starring Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg, acclaimed directors David and Nathan Zellner (KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER) bring you the greatest Bigfoot story ever told. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Riley Keough, Nathan Zellner, Christophe Zajac-Denek and is directed by David Zellner & Nathan Zellner.
    • Paramount’s BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE in weekend 10 added 1,023 locations adding another $145k this weekend for a PTA of $131 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $96,838,001. The hit film expanded in theatres for special screenings on Saturday, April 20, to bring audiences together to celebrate with Bob Marley and “feel alright” with one of the most influential 4/20 icons of all time. Tickets for special BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE – 420 Day screenings go on sale today at participating theatre chains, with special concession offers and ticket prices starting at $4.20, rolling out across the country.


    ■ IMAX Domestic/Global Highlights (Courtesy of IMAX)

    • A24’s CIVIL WAR adds $1.9M worldwide this weekend, taking the IMAX cume to $8.5M. The Domestic network reaches $6.5M whilst a further $2M comes from International markets. The film will open on 25 IMAX screens across the Middle East from Thursday.
    •  Legendary/WB’s GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE holds on 833 screens across the globe this weekend, generating $1.1M and driving the IMAX worldwide total to $40M
    •  As it rolls out in North America and select International markets this week, Crunchyroll’s SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE has now grossed $3M in IMAX box office. Showing solid indexing, the Domestic network accounts for 13% of the nationwide opening result. The popular anime expands to further International markets next week including Brazil, Mexico, Portugal and Italy.
    •  Still drawing audiences, Christopher Nolan’s award-winning OPPENHEIMER reaches yet another milestone as it officially passes $190M in IMAX box office. 
    • Next week, Universal’s THE FALL GUY will start its international rollout on 121 IMAX screens in 34 markets. MGM’s CHALLENGERS will serve up an IMAX release on 276 screens in North America. This coming Wednesday, audiences in North America can catch Ari Aster’s ferocious debut, HEREDITARY in the latest one-night IMAXrelease from A24.
    • The next instalment in the popular ROUNDUP franchise, THE ROUNDUP: PUNISHMENT will open on 24 IMAX screens in South Korea next weekend whilst GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE will light up 52 IMAX screens as it opens in Japan.



    Notable Global Openers
    • Universal reports ABIGAIL opened in its first 62 markets this weekend, playing across 7,000+ screens in 6,000+ locations. This first wave of openings included UK & Ireland, Mexico, Australia, Spain and Brazil. Collectively, these openers reached $5.0M, tracking in line with IMAGINARY, READY OR NOT and VIOLENT NIGHT. The global weekend total is $15.227 million.
    • Lionsgate’s presentation of Guy Ritchie’s THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE opened to a global weekend debut of $9,767,300 ($9.0M domestic & $767,300 internationally) for a global cume to date of $9.778 million.
    • Crunchyroll/Sony Pictures’SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE debuted in 7 Crunchyroll/Sony Pictures markets with $6.1 million WW and $6,261,026 this weekend for 13 total territories including the domestic (N. Am.) market. North America earned $4.9 million, followed by France with $640K. Next week’s major market openings: Brazil, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Netherlands.

    Notable Global Holdovers

    • Warner Bros.’ GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE produced an estimated $21.6M this weekend on 38,579 screens in 77 overseas markets. This represents a fantastic -42% holdover drop in the 4th weekend of release and takes the international cume to $313.6M. The worldwide total now adds up to $485.2M through Sunday. The film is distributed by Legendary East in China and TOHO in Japan.
    • A24 reports CIVIL WAR continues its successful international run expanding throughout Europe and Latin America and opening to #1 in many key territories this weekend including Brazil, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Finland for a global weekend gross of $21,422,752 and a global cume to date of $61,701,414. The film will continue its global release throughout the Spring and beyond. 
    • Universal reports KUNG FU PANDA 4 released this weekend in its final market, Egypt, for a total of 82 markets in-release. The weekend added $15.3M across international, surpassing the $300M milestone mark. Performance Ex-China is in line with ZOOTOPIA and above HTTYD3 and KFP2 at the same point. Strong holds were seen across a number of key markets. Reported IBO Ex-China has surpassed KUNG FU PANDA 3. Kung Fu Panda is now the No.2 highest-grossing DreamWorks franchise worldwide and internationally (behind Shrek). The global cume to date is now $480.306 million.
    • Japanese title DETECTIVE CONAN: THE MILLION-DOLLAR PENTAGRAM added another $11,917,100 this weekend for a global cume to date of $42.485 million. The film is a Japanese animated mystery film directed by Chika Nagaoka. It is the twenty-seventh installment of the Case Closed film series based on the manga series of the same name by Gosho Aoyama, preceded by BLACK IRON SUBMARINE in 2023.
    • Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE made $6.7 million this weekend from 7,200+ screens in 59 markets for an international cume of $73.2 million and a worldwide total of $176.1 million. Upcoming key market release: Saudi Arabia (2-May).
    • Warner Bros. reports DUNE: PART TWO grossed an estimated $4.2M from 74 international markets, representing a great -42% holdover drop in the 8th weekend of release. The offshore cume to date is $419.2M and the worldwide total is nearing the $700M milestone with $695.8M through Sunday. DUNE: PART TWO is distributed by Legendary East in China.
    • Universal reports BACK TO BLACK continued its rollout this weekend in Italy, Central America and Colombia. Collectively, these openers reached $0.9M, performing above ROCKETMAN in the same markets. Overall, the weekend added $1.4M for a cume of $2.8M, performing in line with PRISCILLA, well above WHITNEY HOUSTON: I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY and more than double JUDY at the same point in the same markets.
    • Disney reports their release of 20th Century Studios’ THE FIRST OMEN has grossed an estimated $45.1M globally ($17.8M Domestic and $27.3M International). Internationally, the horror film held by -49%. That compares similarly to other recent horror comps (SAW X -45%, POPE’S EXORCIST -47%, EXORCIST: BELIEVER -49%, THE BOOGEYMAN -60%, PET SEMATARY -64%). Significant markets showing strong holds include Germany (-22%), France (-28%), Mexico (-30%), Spain (-34%), Italy (-34%) and Korea (-50%). THE FIRST OMEN is the #2 film in Indonesia and Argentina.
    • Universal reports MONKEY MAN added $1.0M this weekend reaching a cume of $6.6M. The title opened in France and French-Speaking Switzerland this weekend. The film now has a global cume of $28.310 million.
    • Universal reports OPPENHEIMER added $0.6M this weekend, driven by Japan (Wknd 4). Last weekend, Japan surpassed the 1B Yen mark, making it the first MPA film to achieve this level of box office in 2024. The film now has a global cume of $971.337 million.


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