Godzilla Vs. Kong broke all expectations at the box office over the weekend with a whopping $48.1 million domestically. The kaiju battle brought in record amounts of tickets sold. HBO Max also saw its own record setting numbers over the weekend.
According to streaming rating’s for Samba TV 3.6 million homes streamed Godzilla Vs. Kong from March 31 to April 4. Samba also put the film way above other recent Warner Bros. streaming films like Wonder Woman and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Of course, Samba TV rates these “viewings” of a home at least streaming the film for five minutes. So, it is possible that some of these were just homes popping the film on for 20 minutes and then theoretically switching to something else after 20 minutes. In any case, the numbers are still enormous.
“The HBO Max audience has spoken very clearly and loudly: they love this film and are watching it more than once.” WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer EVP and General Manager Andy Forssell told Deadline.
Of course, this has once again opened up the discourse between theaters and streaming services. The biggest concern is that a lot of the views on HBO Max could have been butts in seats and tickets sold. Especially, for those that watched the film more than once.
It’s a slippery slope indeed. Did you watch Godzilla Vs. Kong in theaters on HBO Max or in theaters? Let us know in the comments section.