Godzilla was widely expected to open #1 this weekend but it has not only done that but has blown expectations away with a hefty $38.53 million Friday which gives it the best opening day of any 2014 film thus far. If it manages to keep this pace up it could potentially challenge Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s huge opening weekend take of around $95 million.
Hard-R rated comedy Neighbors is off to a very strong start as it has the potential to top $50 million in its opening weekend. The film’s marketing campaign has been stellar and the positive reviews from critics have only contributed to raise audience awareness. If it manages to rise above $50 million it will launch stronger than The Hangover ($45 million) and perhaps come close to what Ted ($54 million) managed to do a few years ago.
Proving that there is still some gas left in the franchise tank The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked off the 2014 Summer Movie season with a hefty gross in the $92 million range. While that sounds rather impressive the fact remains that this really is not as good as Sony was hoping for.
Early Weekend Box Office Estimates – Captain America #1, Rio #2, Heaven is for Real #3, Transcendence bombs hard at #4
Captain America: The Winter Soldier keeps raking in the cash with approximately $24.5 million while animated sequel Rio 2 keeps pace with about $22.5 million. The first big surprise is Heaven Is For Real which continues the recent trend of religious movie dominance as it seems to be headed for a hefty $19 million take.
With the atypical launch of Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter’s Soldier last week that successfully performed like a summer blockbuster, it shook up the domestic box office while at the same time validating the strategy to open huge films outside of traditional time frames. It wasn’t long ago that the summer movie season started on American Memorial Day weekend but it has slowly gotten earlier and earlier until it currently has settled on the first weekend of May.
Early Weekend Box Office Totals: Lego #1 with approx $67 million; Monuments Men hits #2 with $21 million
The Lego Movie powered its way to a $17 million Friday gross and the studio now expects a total of around $67 million USD come the end of Sunday night. George Clooney’s Monuments Men also achieved decent numbers to the tune of roughly $21 million USD.
Very early box office numbers are trickling in for Friday’s gross and so far it looks as if The Lego Movie is going to exceed expectations and make anywhere from $16-20 million today. If it comes in at the high end of estimates it could potentially be headed north of $70 million come the end of Sunday night. George Clooney’s directorial debut The Monuments Men is also doing decent numbers even though reviews have been decidedly mixed. Clooney’s film seems headed for $7-$8 million which should give it a shot at a $20 million+ opening weekend.
Insidious Chapter 2 completely dominated this weekend with a gargantuan $41.05 million easily securing the number one position. This now ranks as the second biggest opening weekend (unadjusted) for a release in September and even then it almost managed to dethrone the all-time leader, Hotel Transylvania, which managed to earn $42.5 million one year ago. This surely throws more fuel into the argument that director James Wan is one of the brightest lights in Hollywood now that he has managed to open two successive films to greater than $40 million each in the span of only a few months.