erik lundegaard


Sunday May 18, 2014

Weekend Box Office: Oh No, You Say You’ve Got to Go, Go See ‘Godzilla’

Cranston in Godzilla: Say its name

Say its name. 

How big is Godzilla? A little bigger than Spider-Man but not quite as big as Captain America.

The new “Godzilla” movie had the biggest opening-day gross of the year—$38.5 million, or about $1.5 million more than “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”—but its opening weekend fell short of Cap even as it bested “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”:

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: $95 million
  2. Godzilla: $93.2 million
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2: $91.6 million

The tentpoles can’t seem to break the $100 million mark this year, can they? It’s 2001 all over again. Should studios be worried? Should cinephiles be gladdened? Are moviegoers in general just tired of all the noise, noise, noise? Or has a new stupid take on an old stupid story just not arrived yet?

I assume this last. I assume most moviegoers still just want to watch the cinematic world burn. Even as the real world is melting glaciers.

The other opener, “Million Dollar Arm” starring Jon Hamm, grossed only 10 times its title in 3,000+ theaters. No surprise. Even I, a fan of both baseball and “Mad Men,” wasn’t taken by its trailers.

“Neighbors,” the Seth Rogen-Zac Efront comedy, fell off 47% for second place and $25 million. It’s currently at $91 million. In its third weekend, Spidey fell of 52% for $16 million and third place. It’s now at $172 million, and seems unlikely to best the $272 million its predecessor grossed two years ago, which is the lowest gross of any Spider-Man movie. Domestic, that is. Worldwide, “TAS2” is already at $633 million. But that’s also the lowest worldwide gross of any Spider-Man movie.

I didn’t make it to “Godzilla” since I’ve been distracted by another monster, the Seattle International Film Festival. Thursday night was opening night, John Ridley's “Jimi: All Is By My Side,“ about Jimi Hendrix in '66 and '67; Friday I saw “Chinese Puzzle.” Last night, P and I took in the documentary “Dior and I” and today it's the Swedish thriller “In Order of Disappearance,” starring Stellan Skarsgård.

Updates and reviews to come. 

Posted at 09:33 AM on Sunday May 18, 2014 in category Movies - Box Office