One week after Warner Bros. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ international launch set a new pandemic record for a Hollywood movie. The North American release continued to hint at an imminent return to the box office, with a pandemic-best opening of $ 48.5 million in five days since its debut on Wednesday and $ 32.2 million this weekend, according to estimates by the measurement company Comscore.

The previous benchmark for an opening in the pandemic was the debut of “Wonder Woman 1984” in December for 16.7 million US dollars on the three-day Christmas weekend. “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which debuted domestically and on HBO Max simultaneously, played in 3,064 locations, the most since the pandemic began more than a year ago. It currently has worldwide revenues of $ 285.4 million.

“The resounding success of Godzilla vs. Kong is an incredibly important and positive milestone both financially and symbolically for the film industry,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “We see that as consumer confidence increases, so does the ability of cinemas to generate stronger box office over time.”

Elsewhere at the box office this weekend, “The Unholy” by Sony Screen Gems opened in 1,850 locations for $ 3.2 million, and “The Girl Who Believes in Miracles” by Atlas Distribution was opened in 680 locations for US $ 580,068 -Dollars premiered.

Although American theaters are slowly returning after a year of tough reopenings and closings, large theaters like Regal and AMC, as well as smaller chains, have not yet reopened.

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