Box Office: Godzilla Crushes the Competition

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Box Office: Godzilla Crushes the Competition

Second biggest opening of the year after Captain America.

Published May 19, 2014

Godzilla destroyed the competition this weekend, coming in first place at the box office with a whopping $93.2 million. 

The monster movie reboot, starring Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen, far exceeded expectations and earned the second biggest opening of the year behind Captain America: Winter Soldier. It's a career-starter for director Gareth Walker, who was given the chance to helm the big budget bonzanza after winning raves for his modest-budget debut, Monsters.

Coming in second place was Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, which brought in an additional $26 million, for a $91.5 million total so far. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew GarfieldEmma Stone and Jamie Foxx, fell 54 percent to take the third spot with a $16.8 million gross.

Rounding out the top five were Jon Hamm‘s Million Dollar Arm and female-centric comedy The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz and with a cameo appearance by Nicki Minaj, which brought in $10.5 million and $6.3 million, respectively.

Next week, Godzilla will face a worthy opponent in X-Men: Days of Future Past, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Halle Berry, while Blended will attempt to knock Neighbors out of the top three.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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