'Godzilla x Kong' Breaks Box Office Records With $75 Million Opening

Warner Bros./Legendary's "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" is outperforming everyone's box office forecasts. 

The fifth film in the MonsterVerse story is now expected to gross $75 million from 3,861 cinemas, up from an initial projection of a low $50 million

That is the MonsterVerse's second biggest opening ever, trailing only the series' inaugural movie, Gareth Edwards' 2014 "Godzilla" revival, which earned $93 million.

 If the latest sequel continues to outperform in matinee screenings

predictions may rise to match the $82 million collected by fellow Legendary release "Dune: Part Two" earlier this month.

"Godzilla x Kong" also pleases moviegoers looking for two legendary creatures to smash things up

earning an A- on CinemaScore and a 92% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

While upcoming films like Universal's "Monkey Man" and A24's "Civil War" may compete for the core audience of younger males, this word of mouth should allow for long legs.

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