Kong: Skull Island defeats United Kingdom box office competition

Image via Warner Bros

Image via Warner Bros

Cresting a wave of good reviews, Kong: Skull Island topped the domestic box office, racking up a mighty $61 million which is above expectations.

13 de marzo de 2017, 17:02Los Angeles, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) A new film on King Kong became a box-office hit in U.S. movie theaters taking more than $61 million United States dollars last weekend. Now the film's total collections in the Indian market stands at Rs. 13.68 cr.

While Skull Island may have fallen a bit short of Godzilla domestically, it is outperforming the radioactive lizard in some global markets where it debuted to an estimated $81.6 million in 65 territories for a $142.6 million worldwide debut. It comes a decade after Peter Jackson brought "King Kong" back to the big screen.

Kong Skull Island might face the challenge like a sandwich between Logan and next week release of Beauty and the Beast. Additionally, thanks to an impressive marketing effort over the last week, Kong: Skull Island will also end the weekend around with 35 percent more box-office dollars than tracking suggested only four weeks ago.

The iconic ape movie hit the theaters March 24 and earned $142.6 million, with its biggest opening it gives the "Kong: Skull Island" a second title in the monster universe after Godzilla, which gained $93 million in May 2014.

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The original King Kong had been a huge success and remains, according to the Rotten Tomatoes website, one of the most noted horror movies of all time. Budgeted at $160 million, it went on to earn over $529 million worldwide.

The idea was clearly abandoned for the final film, in which Kong's role as "king" of the island is less of a ruler and more of a protector - one clearly at the top of the food chain. "Get Out" brought in an estimated $21 million in its third week out.

It was directed by Jordan Vorg-Roberts and was written by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly.

"The Shack", based on a Christian-oriented novel by Canadian author William Young about a grieving man's spiritual journey after his child dies, landed in fourth place with just over $10 million. It is expected to cross The LEGO Batman Movie's collection to top the list.