This past weekend, Godzilla returned to American cinemas for the first time since 2014’s Godzilla, in director Michael Dougherty’s sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The film has already proven controversial, dividing critics and fans pretty starkly.
King of the Monsters’ low review scores seemingly didn’t do much to damage it, however, as it stomped to the #1 spot at the domestic box office. According to Box Office Mojo, King of the Monsters debuted to $49 million, knocking off Disney’s Aladdin.
However, it’s important to note that the financial news isn’t all good for the big G. KOTM’s opening total is way, way down from Godzilla 2014’s $93 million domestic opening, as well as considerably lower than Kong: Skull Island’s $61 million debut.
With international grosses factored in though, King of the Monsters currently sits at $179 million worldwide. Elsewhere on the chart, Blumhouse’s new horror flick Ma opened at #4 with $18 million domestic, but that’s huge on a budget of $5 million.
Ma has hauled in $21 million worldwide, more than quadrupling its budget, and ensuring almost instant profitability. Blumhouse’s formula of wide release horror made on small budgets continues to prove successful, ensuring Ma doesn’t have to drink alone.