NORTH AMERICA: 'Godzilla' Roars with $117.35M in First Week
on May 23, 2014
By Daniel Garris
Warner's Godzilla grossed $4.58 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh straight day. The blockbuster 3D sci-fi action remake was down 8 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Godzilla likely took a bit of a hit yesterday from the strong estimated $8.1 million late night launch of Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Godzilla led the weekly box office with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $117.35 million. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $104.61 million seven-day take of 2009's Star Trek and 3 percent ahead of the $113.59 million seven-day gross of 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While Godzilla exceeded expectations this week, it should also be noted that the film is showing signs of significant front-loading thus far.
Universal's Neighbors held steady in second place with $2.00 million. The break-out comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne was down a slim 1 percent form Wednesday and down 44 percent from last Thursday. Neighbors placed in second for the week with $34.15 million. That was down 48 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a stronger than expected $99.68 million. Neighbors will obviously zoom past the $100 million domestic mark today.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took in $1.03 million to remain in third. Sony's expensive 3D superhero sequel was up 1 percent over Wednesday and down 47 percent from last Thursday. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 placed in third for the week with $21.73 million. That was down 51 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to $177.10 million. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues to perform on the very low end of expectations and is likely to take a big hit from X-Men: Days of Future Past this weekend.
Disney's Million Dollar Arm rounded out its first week of release with a fourth place take of $0.686 million. The modestly budgeted baseball drama starring Jon Hamm increased 5 percent over Wednesday, which represented one of the day's stronger percentage holds among wide releases. Million Dollar Arm finished in fourth this week with a seven-day start of $13.53 million. That was on the low end of pre-release expectations.
Fox's The Other Woman rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.556 million. The successful comedy was down 3 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 31 percent from last Thursday. The Other Woman took fifth place this week $8.73 million. The film was down 32 percent from the previous week and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.09 million through four weeks of release.