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Godzilla vs. Kong Again Takes the Top of the Box Office

Godzilla vs. Kong

It was another weekend of monster battling as Godzilla vs. Kong was again on the top of the box office. The film earned an estimated $7.7 million to bring its domestic total to $80.5 million. The film also earned $21.4 million over the week at the international box office. That brings the total to $309.7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $390.2 million so far.

In second place was Nobody which added an estimated $2.5 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $19.1 million domestically so far. Internationally, the film earned $2.2 million over the week to bring its total to $15.5 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $34.5 million.

The Unholy repeated in third place adding an estimated $2.1 million to its domestic total. The film has grossed $9.6 million domestically. The film about doubled its international earnings bringing to to $447,817. Worldwide, the film has earned a little over $10 million.

Raya and the Last Dragon held fourth place earning an estimated $1.9 million to bring its domestic total to $37.7 million. The film has also earned about $3.1 million over the week at the international box office. It has now earned just under $58 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $95.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was Tom and Jerry which earned $1.1 million to bring its domestic total to $42.6 million. The film has also earned $58.8 million at the international box office to bring its worldwide total to $101.4 million.

Initial numbers have 25 films earning $18,898,478 from 21,770 theaters. That’s a bit of the dip from last weekend’s 37 films which earned $26,184,368 from 22,531 theaters. The average earning was $868.10 a decrease from the previous weekend’s $1,162.15.

Godzilla vs. Kong Repeats in First at the Weekend Box Office

Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong continued to battle and entertain as the film was a repeat in first place. The film dropped 58.4% from its debut and earned an estimated $13.9 million. The film has earned $70 million after two weeks. The film also added about $52 million at the international box office to bring that to $288.3 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $357.8 million.

In second place was Nobody which earned an estimated $2.7 million. The film has earned $15.6 million after three weeks. It also added about $4 million over the week to bring that total to $13.2 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $28.8 million.

In third place was The Unholy which dropped one spot and earned an estimated $2.4 million. Domestically, the film has grossed $6.7 million. The first international gross has been returned with $233,582. Worldwide, the film has earned just under $7 million.

Raya and the Last Dragon was in fourth place with an estimated $2.1 million to bring its domestic gross to $35.2 million. The film added about $600,000 over the week at the international box office to bring that total to $54.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned a little over $90 million.

Rounding out the top five was Voyagers which debuted with $1.35 million. No international returns have been reported.

In comic film news…

Wonder Woman 1984 earned an estimated $92,000 to bring its domestic total to $46.3 million. The international total held steady at $120 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $166.3 million.

Initial numbers have 37 films earning $26,184,368 from 22,531 theaters. That’s a bit of the dip from last weekend’s 36 films which earned $44,641,676 from 22,890 theaters. The average earning was $1,162.15 a decrease from the previous weekend’s $1,950.27.

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Crossover #5

It’s Tuesday, one of two new comic book days! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: OUTRAGE is the hero we need to slap down internet abuse – Free comics!

CBR – Less Than 50% of Justice League‘s Audience Completed It in Week 1 – Oooph. Not good numbers.

CBR – Godzilla vs. Kong Reigns in HBO Max’s Largest Audience – Interesting.

Reviews

Talking Comics – Bitter Root #11
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Crossover #5
The Guardian – Esther’s Notebook
The Beat – Orphan and the Five Beasts #1

Godzilla vs. Kong Stomps its Way Into First

Godzilla vs. Kong

It was a new film at the top of the box office with Godzilla vs. Kong. The movie, which also debuted on HBO Max, debuted with $48.5 million domestically between Wednesday and Sunday. The weekend saw $32.2 million domestically. Internationally, the film had a monster take with $236.9 million for a worldwide opening 5 days of $285.4 million. That makes the film the top domestic film of the year and third highest-grossing worldwide.

In second place was another debut, The Unholy. The film opened with an estimated $3.2 million over three days. No international numbers have been returned.

Nobody dropped to third place the previous weekend’s first. The film earned an estimated $3.1 million to bring its domestic total to $11.9 million. Internationally, the film earned a little over $4 million over the week to bring that total to $9.2 million Worldwide, the film has grossed $21.1 million after two weeks.

In fourth place was Raya and the Last Dragon which grossed an estimated $2.1 million to bring its domestic total to $32.2 million. No new international grosses have been returned and the film remains at $54.2 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $86.4 million.

Rounding out the top five was Tom and Jerry which grossed $1.4 million in its sixth week. Domestically, the film has grossed $39.5 million. The film also earned about $5.7 million over the week to bring its international total to $54 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $93.5 million.

In comic movie news…

Wonder Woman 1984 keeps bringing in dollars. This week was an estimated $136,000 to bring its domestic total to $46.1 million. The international total held steady at $120 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $166.1 million.

Initial numbers have 36 films earning $44,641,676 from 22,890 theaters. That’s a vast increase, over double, from last weekend’s 43 films which earned $18,556,482 from 22,608 theaters. The average earning was $1,950.27 a huge increase from the previous weekend’s $820.79.

Legendary Comics Drops a New Motion Trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong

The Monsterverse is expanding! In celebration of Godzilla vs. Kong​, Legendary Comics is releasing 2 all-new prequel graphic novels, 2 children’s books, a behind-the-scenes art book, a novelization, and a special anthology of past stories. All coming soon!

Godzilla Dominion—the prequel graphic novel written by Greg Keyes with art by Drew Edward Johnson will feature a unique story that picks up after the events of the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where the Titans have risen and the reign of Godzilla has begun. As told entirely from Godzilla’s point of view, the graphic novel brings new insights into the King of Monsters: his habitats, ancient rivalries, encounters with new Titans, and other challenges. As his new era of dominance is tested, a coming confrontation with another King looms. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

A sequel to the graphic novel Skull Island: Birth of Kong and a prelude to the film Godzilla vs. Kong, the upcoming prequel graphic novel, Kingdom Kong, will follow a group of highly skilled military pilots gathered together on Skull Island to see who has ‘the right stuff’ to take on a dangerous mission into the hollow earth. One of the pilots, Audrey, is haunted by the memories of a monstrous clash with one of Godzilla’s titanic rivals that left deep scars. When Skull Island is attacked by Camazotz, a bat-like Titan, Audrey must to come to terms with her inner demons, and finding his home newly threatened, Kong must rise to face this usurper that would plunge the world into perpetual night. Kingdom Kong is written by Marie Anello with art by ZID. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

Kong finds himself in the center of a charming and enthralling children’s book, Kong & Me, by New York Times’ bestselling author Kiki Thorpe with illustrations by Nidhi Chanani. Young fans will be able to follow along as the mighty Titan and his new pal spend a day of fun and adventure exploring the many wonders of Skull Island—proving that friendships come in many sizes and no matter how different we are, no one is too big or small to find a true friend. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

The engaging and family-friendly board book Godzilla vs. Kong: Sometimes Friends Fight (But They Always Make Up), from Insight Editions and featuring art from illustrator Carol Herring, features heartwarming lessons and introduces the beloved Godzilla and Kong characters to a younger generation. Making new friends isn’t always easy for kids. That is equally true for two giant monsters, where small misunderstandings can easily blossom into enormous conflicts. This book provides tips on how to be a good friend by using these two Titans to show young kids how to behave in familiar situations…but on a much larger scale. Available on April 6, 2021 and to you can pre-order it now.

New York Times’ bestselling author Greg Keyes returns once again to the Monsterverse with Titan Books’ Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie Novelization, taking readers deeper into the worlds of Monarch, the Titans, and so much more. Humanity fights for its future as Godzilla and Kong embark on a path of destruction that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in an all-out war. Available on April 6, 2021 and is up for pre-order.

For new readers wanting to discover the backstories of Godzilla and Kong for the first time or fans revisiting their favorite adventures, the Monsterverse Titanthology Vol 1 brings the previously released graphic novels, Skull Island: The Birth of Kong (2017) and Godzilla: Aftershock (2019), together in one legendary volume for the first time ever. Available on May 11, 2021.

Godzilla vs. Kong: One Will Fall, The Art of the Ultimate Battle Royalefrom Insight Editions and written by Daniel Wallace with a special foreword by director Adam Wingard—takes fans behind-the-scenes revealing how this monstrously epic film was brought to the screen. The deluxe book will feature a dynamic selection of exclusive concept art, pre-production materials, on-set photography and insight from the filmmakers, making it the ultimate guide to an iconic movie showdown. Available on May 21, 2021 and it’s available for pre-order.

Legendary Comics Reveal Godzilla vs. Kong Prequel Graphic Novel and Anthology Covers by Arthur Adams

Legendary Comics has revealed the new covers for its upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong prequels Kingdom Kong and Godzilla Dominion, as well as for the Monsterverse Titanthology Vol 1, all by acclaimed artist Arthur Adams.

KINGDOM KONG

Writer: Marie Anello
Artist: ZID
On-sale date: March 30, 2021

A sequel to the graphic novel Skull Island: Birth of Kong and a prelude to the film Godzilla vs. Kong, the upcoming prequel graphic novel,Kingdom Kong, will follow a group of highly skilled military pilots gathered together on Skull Island to see who has ‘the right stuff’ to take on a dangerous mission into the hollow earth. One of the pilots, Audrey, is haunted by the memories of a monstrous clash with one of Godzilla’s titanic rivals that left deep scars. When Skull Island is attacked by Camazotz, a bat-like Titan, Audrey must come to terms with her inner demons, and finding his home newly threatened, Kong must rise to face this usurper that would plunge the world into perpetual night. Kingdom Kong is written by Marie Anello (Shout Out) with art by ZID (Legendary Comics’ Skull Island: The Birth of Kong; Trick ‘r Treat: Days of the Dead; Spectral: Ghosts of War).

KINGDOM KONG

GODZILLA DOMINION

Writer: Greg Keyes
Artist: Drew Edward Johnson
Colorist: Allen Passalaqua
On-sale date: March 30, 2021

Godzilla Dominion—the prequel graphic novel written by Greg Keyes (the Age of Unreason trilogy; three New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels in the New Jedi Order series) with art by Drew Edward Johnson (DC’s Wonder Woman, Supergirl; Legendary Comics’ Godzilla Aftershock)—will feature a unique story that picks up after the events of the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where the Titans have risen and the reign of Godzilla has begun. As told entirely from Godzilla’s point of view, the graphic novel brings new insights into the King of Monsters: his habitats, ancient rivalries, encounters with new Titans, and other challenges. As his new era of dominance is tested, a coming confrontation with another King looms.

GODZILLA DOMINION

MONSTERVERSE TITANTHOLOGY VOL. 1

On-sale date: May 11, 2021

For new readers wanting to discover the backstories of Godzilla and Kong for the first time or fans revisiting their favorite adventures, the Monsterverse Titanthology Vol 1 brings the previously released graphic novels, Skull Island: The Birth of Kong (2017) and Godzilla: Aftershock (2019), together in one legendary volume for the first time ever.

MONSTERVERSE TITANTHOLOGY VOL. 1

Legendary Pictures Announces Two Godzilla vs. Kong Prequel Graphic Novels

Godzilla vs. Kong

In anticipation of the March release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures‘ epic action-adventure Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary Comics has announced a publishing program that will allow fans to dive deeper into stories relating to the upcoming cinematic showdown between two of the most beloved pop culture Titans of all time—the great Godzilla and the mighty Kong! The program features two new epic prequel graphic novels; an anthology featuring past fan-favorite comic series; two endearing titles for young readers—an original children’s picture book and a young children’s board book; an official behind-the-scenes art book; and a novelization that takes readers deeper into the worlds of Monarch, the Titans, and more. Each title will set the stage for this not-to-be-missed battle royale.

Godzilla Dominion—the prequel graphic novel written by Greg Keyes with art by Drew Edward Johnson will feature a unique story that picks up after the events of the film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where the Titans have risen and the reign of Godzilla has begun. As told entirely from Godzilla’s point of view, the graphic novel brings new insights into the King of Monsters: his habitats, ancient rivalries, encounters with new Titans, and other challenges. As his new era of dominance is tested, a coming confrontation with another King looms. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

A sequel to the graphic novel Skull Island: Birth of Kong and a prelude to the film Godzilla vs. Kong, the upcoming prequel graphic novel, Kingdom Kong, will follow a group of highly skilled military pilots gathered together on Skull Island to see who has ‘the right stuff’ to take on a dangerous mission into the hollow earth. One of the pilots, Audrey, is haunted by the memories of a monstrous clash with one of Godzilla’s titanic rivals that left deep scars. When Skull Island is attacked by Camazotz, a bat-like Titan, Audrey must to come to terms with her inner demons, and finding his home newly threatened, Kong must rise to face this usurper that would plunge the world into perpetual night. Kingdom Kong is written by Marie Anello with art by ZID. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

Kong finds himself in the center of a charming and enthralling children’s book, Kong & Me, by New York Times’ bestselling author Kiki Thorpe with illustrations by Nidhi Chanani. Young fans will be able to follow along as the mighty Titan and his new pal spend a day of fun and adventure exploring the many wonders of Skull Island—proving that friendships come in many sizes and no matter how different we are, no one is too big or small to find a true friend. Available on March 30, 2021 and available for pre-order.

The engaging and family-friendly board book Godzilla vs. Kong: Sometimes Friends Fight (But They Always Make Up), from Insight Editions and featuring art from illustrator Carol Herring, features heartwarming lessons and introduces the beloved Godzilla and Kong characters to a younger generation. Making new friends isn’t always easy for kids. That is equally true for two giant monsters, where small misunderstandings can easily blossom into enormous conflicts. This book provides tips on how to be a good friend by using these two Titans to show young kids how to behave in familiar situations…but on a much larger scale. Available on April 6, 2021 and to you can pre-order it now.

New York Times’ bestselling author Greg Keyes returns once again to the Monsterverse with Titan Books’ Godzilla vs. Kong: The Official Movie Novelization, taking readers deeper into the worlds of Monarch, the Titans, and so much more. Humanity fights for its future as Godzilla and Kong embark on a path of destruction that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in an all-out war. Available on April 6, 2021 and is up for pre-order.

For new readers wanting to discover the backstories of Godzilla and Kong for the first time or fans revisiting their favorite adventures, the Monsterverse Titanthology Vol 1 brings the previously released graphic novels, Skull Island: The Birth of Kong (2017) and Godzilla: Aftershock (2019), together in one legendary volume for the first time ever. Available on May 11, 2021.

Godzilla vs. Kong: One Will Fall, The Art of the Ultimate Battle Royalefrom Insight Editions and written by Daniel Wallace with a special foreword by director Adam Wingard—takes fans behind-the-scenes revealing how this monstrously epic film was brought to the screen. The deluxe book will feature a dynamic selection of exclusive concept art, pre-production materials, on-set photography and insight from the filmmakers, making it the ultimate guide to an iconic movie showdown. Available on May 21, 2021 and it’s available for pre-order.

Warner Bros. Shakes Things Up with Dueling Releases on HBO Max and Theaters for 2021

Warner Bros.

It was going to eventually happen but COVID has sped things up as Warner Bros. is making an earthshaking move when it comes to movie distribution. The studio will send 17 films to HBO Max for 31 days, to be released the same day as theaters.

Wonder Woman 1984‘s HBO Max and theater release on Christmas day was just the tip of the iceberg as more are to come.

The studio’s 2021 slate includes The Suicide Squad, The Matrix 4, Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Space Jam: A New Legacy. Other films include Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Reminiscence, Malignant, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, and Cry Macho.

The decision will cause an uproar from theater owners who not only lose in this model but are struggling, and will struggle, to stay open due to the pandemic. The decision, according to reports, was not shared with exhibitors and was kept secret at Warner Bros. The studio will likely need to renegotiate with theater chains and offer up something so to as not completely lose their support.

But, something needed to be done. With a still unknown future and COVID vaccination likely to take most of 2021 the release schedule would be shaky and risky to rely just on theaters. Further delays would hurt the entire industry further creating a backlog of productions and likely cutting numerous projects as held up films would take up future release dates creating a ripple effect.

Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group said:

We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021. With this unique one-year plan, we can support our partners in exhibition with a steady pipeline of world-class films, while also giving moviegoers who may not have access to theaters or aren’t quite ready to go back to the movies the chance to see our amazing 2021 films. We see it as a win-win for film lovers and exhibitors, and we’re extremely grateful to our filmmaking partners for working with us on this innovative response to these circumstances.

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar added:

After considering all available options and the projected state of moviegoing throughout 2021, we came to the conclusion that this was the best way for WarnerMedia’s motion picture business to navigate the next 12 months. More importantly, we are planning to bring consumers 17 remarkable movies throughout the year, giving them the choice and the power to decide how they want to enjoy these films. Our content is extremely valuable, unless it’s sitting on a shelf not being seen by anyone. We believe this approach serves our fans, supports exhibitors and filmmakers, and enhances the HBO Max experience, creating value for all.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich also said:

This hybrid exhibition model enables us to best support our films, creative partners and moviegoing in general throughout 2021. We have a fantastic, wide-ranging slate of titles from talented and visionary filmmakers next year, and we’re excited to be able get these movies in front of audiences around the world. And, as always, we’ll support all of our releases with innovative and robust marketing campaigns for their theatrical debuts, while highlighting this unique opportunity to see our films domestically via HBO Max as well.

The films will roll at internationally as planned and the decision is focused on the US audience.