May 18, 2014

Cartoons at the box office: Godzilla squishes Spider-Man (and stomps everyone else)

Cartoons at the box office: Godzilla squishes Spider-Man (and stomps everyone else)

Godzilla (2014)As expected, Godzilla crushed his box office competition just like he does Tokyo. The new “Godzilla” movie earned $93.2 million dollars in its opening weekend, and already earned $103 million overseas. It looks like the King of the Monsters’ new film is a hit, and won’t go the way of the disparaged late 90s US-made Godzilla film (or “Godzilla In Name Only” as one Twitter user called it).

Meanwhile, “The Amazing Spider-man 2” came in third place, earning $16.8 million for a total take of $172.2 million domestically and $461 million overseas, or a global total of $633.2 million. At this rate, it won’t be long before Spidey becomes the second Marvel superhero film this year to surpass “Man of Steel”‘s global box office take.

“Rio 2” came in seventh place, earning $3.8 million for a domestic total of $118.1 million and overseas total of $319.9 million, or a global take of $438 million. Overseas movie audiences seem to love “Rio” (just as they do the “Ice Age” films).

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” came in eighth place, earning $3.8 million. Its totals stand at $250.6 million domestically and $452.8 million foreign, for a global total of $703.4 million.

Finally, “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” is still lingering in the top ten, earning $2 million for ninth place. The flop’s earned $6.6 million to date.

Next weekend sees how well Godzilla deals with super-powered North Americans, as “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opens. (In counter-programming, there’s also yet another Adam Sandler movie opening.)

Tags: animationbox officeCaptain America: The Winter SoldierGodzillaLegends of Oz: Dorothy's ReturnMediamoviesRio 2The Amazing Spider-Man 2