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Godzilla X Kong Looks To Be Another Winner For The MonsterVerse At The Box Office – SlashFilm

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The new film, which is the fifth in the MonsterVerse overall, sees Kong and Godzilla unite to battle an undiscovered threat. The film also delves further into the history of the Titans and their origins, as well as Skull Island and beyond. The human cast includes Rebecca Hall (“The Night House”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Bullet Train”), Dan Stevens (“Legion”), Kaylee Hottle (“Godzilla vs. Kong”), Alex Ferns (“Chernobyl”), and Fala Chen (“Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”).

Also of note, Wingard is now the only director to helm two movies in the franchise. Gareth Edwards directed 2014’s “Godzilla,” Jordan Vogt-Roberts helmed 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island,” and Michael Dougherty got behind the camera for 2018’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” For what it’s worth, “Godzilla” still holds the record for this franchise with a $93 million opening weekend en route to a $529 million global finish. “Skull Island” remains the biggest global grosser with $561 million worldwide.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” pulled in $468 million globally, which was a huge sum in 2021. The catch is that the film made $188 million of that haul in China. Since the pandemic began, very few Hollywood movies have broken through in China in that way. WB and Legendary are undoubtedly hoping that Chinese audiences will turn up once again to help justify this film’s kaiju-sized budget.

Another thing that might help is the hangover from last year’s “Godzilla Minus One.” The Japanese film became a breakthrough hit in the U.S. on its way to an historic Oscar win for Best Visual Effects. Audiences who enjoyed that experience may be looking to soak up some more monster madness. Though tonally very different, this is the obvious way to satisfy that appetite.

“Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” hits theaters on March 29, 2024.

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