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    GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE Weekend 7 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 May 12, 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/Global Box Office Estimates – May 12, 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 $94.35M and YTD 2024 (estimated at $2.29B through Sunday) is down 22% vs. 2023.

    ■ Notable Domestic Openers

    • 20th Century Studios’ KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES takes the top spot swinging into a $56.5 million debut in 4,075 theatres for a PTA of $13,865. The film opened to an estimated $129.0M global weekend ($56.5M Domestic and $72.5M International). Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar's reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. The film stars Owen Teague, Freya Allan, William H. Macy, Kevin Durand & Peter Macon.
    • Fathom on Saturday presented MET OPERA: MADAMA BUTTERFLY on Saturday in 732 locations earning $1,075,854 for a PTA of $1,470.
    • Omjee's Cine World opened SHINDA SHINDA NI PAPA in 102 theatres to a weekend debut of $486,858 for a PTA of $4,773.  Raised in Punjab, faces a cultural clash when he moves to England where hitting children is illegal. Feeling powerless, he plans to return to Punjab to discipline his son, Shinda. However, he's surprised to find children in Punjab resisting this tradition. Caught between two worlds, Gopi struggles to reconcile his upbringing with changing times.
    • The Briarcliff Entertainment release NOT ANOTHER CHURCH MOVIE, playing in 1,108 locations, will gross an estimated $360k for the weekend. The R-rated comedy is a wild ride through the fabulous world of Taylor Pharry (Daniels), an ambitious young man given a holy mission from God Himself (Foxx): to tell his family’s stories and inspire his community. His only concern? His family and community. What he doesn't know is that the Devil (Rourke) has plans of his own.
    • Vertical Entertainment released Chris Pine’s POOLMAN in 162 theatres to a weekend debut of $131k for a PTA of $809. “Poolman” tells the story of Darren Barrenman (Chris Pine), a native Los Angeleno who spends his days looking after the pool of the Tahitian Tiki apartment block and fighting to make his hometown a better place to live. When he is tasked by a femme fatale to uncover the truth behind a shady business deal, Darren enlists the help of his friends to take on a corrupt politician and a greedy land developer. His investigation reveals a hidden truth about his beloved city and himself. Pine also directed, co-wrote and co-produced the film that features a terrific cast including Annette Bening, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Clancy Brown, Ray Wise, Danny DeVito, Stephen Tobolowsky, John Ortiz, & DeWanda Wise.
    • IFC Films opened FORCE OF NATURE: THE DRY 2 in 153 locations to a weekend debut of $34,551 for a PTA of $226. The R-rated suspense film stars Eric Bana and is directed by Robert Connelly. When five women take part in a corporate hiking retreat and only four come out on the other side, Federal Agents Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper head deep into the Victoria mountain ranges to investigate in the hopes of find their whistle-blowing informant, Alice Russell, alive.



    ■ Notable Domestic Holdovers

    • In the second spot, Universal’s THE FALL GUY now in weekend 2 earned $13.7 million (with a modest 51% drop) in 4,008 locations for a PTA of $3,593 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $49,696,920. The film now has a global cume of $103.745M. Director David Leitch presents a new hilarious, hard-driving, all-star apex-action thriller and love letter to action movies and the hard-working and under-appreciated crew of people who make them: THE FALL GUY. Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling (BARBIE, LA LA LAND, DRIVE) stars as Colt Seavers, a battle-scarred stuntman who, having left the business a year earlier to focus on both his physical and mental health, is drafted back into service when the star of a mega-budget studio movie--being directed by his ex, Jody Moreno, played by Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (OPPENHEIMER, A Quiet Place films, SICARIO)--goes missing.
    • In third, Amazon MGM Studio’s critically acclaimed CHALLENGERS now in weekend 3 earned $4,684,276 in 2,609 theatres for a PTA of $1,795 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $38,073,862. The film has a worldwide running total of $68.7M. From famed director Luca Guadagnino (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME) comes the story of Tashi (Zendaya), a tennis player turned coach, has taken her husband, Art (Mike Faist -- WEST SIDE STORY), and transformed him from a mediocre player into a world-famous grand slam champion. To jolt him out of his recent losing streak, she makes him play a 'Challenger' event -- close to the lowest level of tournament on the pro tour -- where he finds himself standing across the net from the once-promising, now burnt-out Patrick (Josh O'Connor -- GOD'S OWN COUNTRY): his former best friend and Tashi's former boyfriend. Tensions run high on and off the court as old flames are reignited, competition builds, and love and careers hang in the balance; it's anyone's game.
    • In the 4th spot, Sony’s horror film TAROT now in weekend 2 took in $3.45 million in 3,104 locations for a PTA of $1,111 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $12,015,419. The film now has a global gross of $20.2M. When a group of friends recklessly violates the sacred rule of Tarot readings -- never use someone else's deck -- they unknowingly unleash an unspeakable evil trapped within the cursed cards. One by one, they come face to face with fate and end up in a race against death to escape the future foretold in their readings.
    • Rounding out the Top 5, Warner Bros.’ GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE now in weekend 7 in 2,531 theatres added another $2.525 million this weekend for a PTA of $998 and a domestic cume through Sunday of $191,820,543. The worldwide running total is currently $558.8M 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 film stars Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Alex Ferns, Brian Tyree Henry, Fala Chen & Kaylee Hottle.


    ■ Notable Expansions

    • A24 reports I SAW THE TV GLOW, writer-director Jane Schoenbrun’s sophomore feature, continued to impress in limited expansion grossing $195,111 on 21 screens in week 2 for a PTA of $9,292. The original genre-bending portrait of identity added 4 new markets, continuing to generate strong reviews and audience response across the board (88 RT, Certified Fresh). The film will continue to expand throughout the country in the coming weeks.
    • Oscilloscope Labs reports WILDCAT now in weekend 2 earned $72,260 in 6 locations for a PTA of $12,043 and now has a domestic cume through Sunday of $134,355. Ethan Hawke’s WILDCAT expands to over 100 theaters on Friday, May 17.


    ■ IMAX Domestic/Global Highlights (Courtesy of IMAX)

    APES Rule in IMAX!

    • Disney/20th Century’s KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (KOTPOTA) comes out swinging this weekend, opening to $13.2M Global IMAX box office.  The latest installment of the PLANET OF THE APES franchise, directed by Wes Ball, earns an impressive $7M in North America, a substantial 12.5% of the Domestic opening weekend total. International markets contribute $6.2M of the IMAX total. 
    • The IMAX global network will continue to support APES this week, joined in North America, UK, Australia, and New Zealand by MGM/Amazon’s BLUE ANGELS, a feature-length Filmed For IMAX Documentary releasing exclusively on IMAX screens for one week.


    Notable Global Openers
    • Disney reports 20th Century Studios’ presentation of KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES opened to an estimated $129.0M global weekend ($56.5M Domestic and $72.5M International).3rd highest global opening of 2024 to date. On par with the second highest global opening of the modern franchise at current rates excluding China (WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES $130M, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES $109M). Internationally the film opened #1 (non-local) in all significant markets, is the highest opening of 2024 to date in Brazil, the 2nd highest MPA opening of the year in France, Argentina (adms), Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay and several smaller markets and the 3rd highest MPA opening of 2024 to date in Netherlands, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico, Central America, Chile, Peru and Bolivia. Highest opening for the modern franchise in Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Indonesia, Vietnam, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Central America, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and several smaller markets and the 2nd highest opening for the modern franchise in Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria, Iceland, Ukraine, Romania, Portugal, India and Peru.
    • Sony reports Columbia Pictures/Alcon Entertainment’s THE GARFIELD MOVIE made $11.8 million this weekend from 8,100 screens in 22 markets bringing its international cume to $36.0 million. First wave markets continued feasting at the box office and were down just 32% as a group. The film is expected to enjoy a long run in cinemas through summer, powered by great word of mouth with more markets to come. Germany debuted to a robust $2.1 million, which is 85% bigger than DC LEAGUE OF SUPER PETS and 40% higher than PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH. Mexico led all sophomore markets with $3.1 million (-28%) to boost its cume to $12.5 million, and Spain added $860K (-28%) for a local total of $3.6 million. Other notable holds include: Bolivia (-21%), Argentina (-26%), Central America (-27%), Chile (-38%), and Colombia (-39%). Upcoming key market releases: South Korea (15-May), Saudi Arabia (23-May), UK (24-May), Indonesia (29-May), Australia (30-May), Poland (31-May), France (17-Jul), and Japan (16-Aug).
    • French title P’TIT TRUC EN PLUS, UN (A Little Something Extra) has enjoyed great success as the French comedy takes in $6.589 million this weekend for a global cume to date of $16.771 million. To escape the police, a son and his father find refuge in a summer camp for young adults with disabilities, posing as a resident and his educator. The beginning of trouble and a wonderful human experience that will change them forever.
    • Paramount reports IF is off to a strong start at the international box office with a full weekend box office estimate of $3.6M. With the film receiving strong reviews and positive word of mouth with families and general audiences, we are looking forward to a long theatrical run. New openings: France opened at #3 in the market (#1 PLANET OF THE APES; #2 UN PETIT TRUC EN PLUS) grossing $3.3M at 621 locations. Belgium opened at #2 in the market (#1 PLANET OF THE APES) grossing $300K at 85 cinemas. Next week IF expands into 56 markets including United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Korea and Middle East region.

    Notable Global Holdovers

    • Universal reports THE FALL GUY opens this weekend in 2 further markets, Greece, and Cyprus, for a total of 80 markets in release. This weekend is expected to add $9.4M across international, for an estimated cume through Sunday of $54.0M. Estimated performance through Sunday is ahead of THE LOST CITY at the same point. Saturday added $3.0M for a cume to-date of $51.5M. The global cume to date is $103.745M.
    • China/Hong Kong title TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN took in $9,457,300 this weekend for a global cume to date of $67,737,500. The action thriller follows troubled youth Chan Lok-kwun as he accidentally enters the Walled City, discovers the order amidst its chaos, and learns important life lessons along the way.
    • Warner Bros. reports CHALLENGERS took in an estimated $4.2M this weekend on 4,649 screens in 63 offshore markets in release. This represents a very good -42% holdover drop from last weekend, even with summer-like weather in Europe impacting performance of all films in the region. The international running cume now stands at $30.6M and the worldwide running total is $68.7M. Japan is the last market to release on June 7th. CHALLENGERS is an Amazon MGM Studios title distributed internationally by Warner Bros. Pictures.
    • Chinese drama THE LAST FRENZY took in $8,526,200 this weekend for a global cume to date of $71.665 million. Jia Youwei (played by Jia Bing) is the undisputed spokesperson for the "Money Saving Gate" and the proud son of heaven who is far ahead in the stingy race. He spent half his life searching and didn't dare to spend money with his life. He didn't expect to spend money with his life when he was in his prime and suffering from a terminal illness. Seeing that life is only ten days away and millions of savings have turned into smoke, Jia Youwei has a lot of imagination and decides to take Baihu (Xiao Shenyang), Xu Dali (Yu Yang) and Dong Jianfeng (Dong Baoshi), the son of Baiba, to spend freely and live up to the world.
    • South Korean title THE ROUNDUP: PUNISHMENT earned $6,684,601 this weekend for a global cume to date of $63,316,205. Plot: While pursuing the developer of a drug trafficking app, Detective Ma Seok-do uncovers a deadly link to a vast online gambling syndicate, triggering an unprecedented alliance to take down the masterminds.
    • Sony reports Screen Gems’ TAROT made $3.0 million this weekend from 3,000+ screens in 35 markets for an international cume of $8.2 million and bringing its global gross to $20.2 million. Upcoming key market releases: Indonesia (15-May), Brazil (16-May), Germany (16-May), Mexico (16-May), Poland (17-May), and Saudi Arabia (30-May). 
    • Warner Bros.’ GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE generated an estimated $3.8M for the weekend from 78 overseas markets, bringing the international cume to date to an estimated $366.9M. The worldwide running total is currently $558.8M through Sunday. The film is distributed by Legendary East in China and TOHO in Japan.
    • Universal reports KUNG FU PANDA 4 added $3.4M across International this weekend for a cume through Sunday of $338.1M. Performance Ex China is in line with Zootopia and above HTTYD3 and KFP2 at the same point. The IBO Ex China has surpassed KUNG FU PANDA 3, SING 2, and ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, and the IBO ex China and Russia has now surpassed the total lifetime of HTTYD3. Kung Fu Panda is the No.2 DreamWorks franchise worldwide and internationally (behind Shrek). The global cume through this weekend is $529.260M.
    • Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE made $1.1 million this weekend from 2,000+ screens in 52 total markets to take its international cume to $87.0 million and global total to $198.4 million.  
    • Universal reports ABIGAIL opened in Israel and Portugal this weekend for a total of 68 international in-release markets. The weekend grossed $0.4M for a cume through Sunday of $12.8M; just off NIGHT SWIM at the same point. The global total is now $37.547 million.


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