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"Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" Is Highest Grossing MonsterVerse Movie at Global Box Office


Mon 10 Jun 2024 | 04:28 PM
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
Yara Sameh

"Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" has stomped, smashed, and roared its way to the top, officially becoming the highest-grossing movie in Legendary and Warner Bros' MonsterVerse franchise.

With a monstrous $570 million raked in worldwide, this beast has outperformed even the mighty "Kong: Skull Island", which previously held the throne with $568.6 million.

Breaking it down, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" roared to $373.7 million abroad and $196.3 million domestically. 

The achievement means it’s now the king of the MonsterVerse jungle in 35 markets, including Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the UAE. 

"Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" initially was expected to make a modest $45 million over Easter weekend, but it smashed expectations with an $80 million domestic haul, roaring to $194 million worldwide.

Directed by Adam Wingard, his second foray into the MonsterVerse after 2021’s "Godzilla vs. Kong" ($470.1 million worldwide), "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" is currently the second highest-grossing Hollywood movie of 2024, trailing only "Dune: Part Two" ($711.8 million). 

In the US, 2014’s Godzilla remains the reigning champ with $200.6 million, but The New Empire is hot on its tail with $196.3 million. On the international front, the movie the second-best performer after Kong: Skull Island’s $400.6 million.

Despite China’s post- coronavirus' office being as friendly as a rampaging kaiju, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" managed to claw its way to $132.4 million, making it the highest-grossing territory for the film outside the US. It ranks fourth in China among MonsterVerse films, trailing "Godzilla vs. Kong" ($188.7 million), "Kong: Skull Island" ($168.1 million), and "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" ($135.4 million). Other top-grossing territories for "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" include Mexico ($33.7 million), UK ($18.1 million), France ($12.4 million), Australia ($12.3 million), Japan ($10.8 million), Indonesia ($9.2 million), Brazil ($8.4 million), Taiwan ($7.7 million), Germany ($7.1 million), and Spain ($6.8 million).

With a reported production budget of $135 million before P&A, 75% funded by Legendary, and 25% by Warner Bros, per Deadline, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" has proven to be a colossal success. 

The pic sees the two titanic icons teaming up to eliminate a world-threatening danger from the Hollow Earth below, a plot that has clearly resonated with fans worldwide. These titans have just smashed the notion that moviegoing is dead to pieces.