Moviegoers flocked to see the latest Warner Bros. mega-monster re-invention: Kong: Skull Island. But the excitement wasn’t the same as previous installments.
Kong – which starred Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman – earned $61 million at the box office, according to early estimates supplied by The Numbers. That was enough to knock Logan out of the top spot after just one week, and rule the box office.
Compared to other super monsters, however, Kong isn’t comparing well.
Godzilla, for example, earned $93.2 million on its opening weekend in May 2014, although it did beat the opening weekend of Peter Jackson’s 2005 attempt at the franchise, King Kong, which pulled in $50.1 million. However, when adjusted for inflation, Jackson actually bested director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, as King Kong moves above $63 million.