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May 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Wow! Were the box office pundits off the mark on this one! Although most had predicted the latest transmutation of Godzilla would open with around $70 million, they vastly underestimated the might of the monster, which plundered an estimated $93.2 million in North America. That’s just above the $91-million debut of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and just below the $95-million for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the year’s biggest opening. It’s also the biggest May start for a Warner Bros. movie — but even more significantly, with a total budget of $160 million, the monster movie cost far less than the two superhero ones, each of which reportedly cost $200-250 million to make. Somewhat surprisingly, although the movie earned $14.1 million, or 15 percent of its sales from IMAX 3D venues, only 51 percent of its total came from 3D ticket sales, indicating, when 3D surcharges are taken into account, that most people saw it on ordinary 2D screens. The only other film to open wide this weekend, Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, earned just $10.7 million, about what had been predicted, to place fourth. The No. 2 film at the box office was Universal’s Neighbors, which dropped 47 percent from last week to $26 million, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped another 53 percent to $16.8 million, to place third. Rounding out the top five was The Other Woman. which slid another 34 percent to $6.3 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Godzilla, $93.2 million; 2. Neighbors, $26 million; 3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, $17 million; 4. Million Dollar Arm, $11 million; 5. The Other Woman, $6.3 million; 6. Heaven Is for Real, $4.4 million; 7. Rio 2, $4 million; 8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, $3.8 million; 9. Legend of Oz, $2 million; 10. Mom’s Night Out, $1.9 million.