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"Godzilla" dominates North American box office

English.news.cn   2014-05-19 05:46:30

LOS ANGELES, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Monster movie "Godzilla" trampled its rivals at U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, raking in a massive 93.2 million U.S. dollars, far ahead the second-place finisher comedy "Neighbors."

The monster film opened in a monstrous start with 38.5 million dollars revenue at 3,952 locations on Friday for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, becoming the biggest opening of the year ahead of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (36.9 million dollars) and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (35.2 million dollars).

"Godzilla" delivered the second largest opening weekend of 2014 to date, as it debuted just below the 95 million dollars start of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and a little bit ahead of the 91.6 million dollars start of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," according to Rentrak.

At a budget of 160 million dollars, directed by Gareth Edwards, a young British director, "Godzilla" earned a "B+" on CinemaScore. About 72 percent of critics on Rotten Tomatoes recommended it. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (60 percent) and towards male moviegoers (58 percent).

"Godzilla" is doing well in IMAX theaters. The giant lizard has gathered 14.1 million from 352 IMAX locations for the first weekend. That represented 15.1 percent of the film's overall gross this weekend.

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron's "Neighbors" earned 26 million dollars to take the second-place in its second week in theaters, dropping from the first place with a steep 47 percent drop. " Neighbors" has grossed 91.5 million dollars through 10 days of release.

Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man 2" fell 53 percent in its third weekend, earning an estimated 16.8 million for a total gross of 172.2 million dollars.

Rounding out the 10 most popular films in North America this weekend, as estimated by studios, were "Million Dollar Arm" (10.5 million dollars), "The Other Woman" (6.3 million), "Heaven Is For Real" (4.4 million), "Rio 2" (3.8 million), "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (3.8 million), "Legends Of Oz" (2 million) and " Mom's Night Out" (1.9 million).

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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