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Godzilla vs Kong sets box office record as cinemas start to re-open

Godzilla vs Kong has been a box office smash (Picture: Warner Brothers)

Godzilla vs. Kong has reached heady heights with a new pandemic box office record earning it the biggest US opening in 12 months.

The Adam Wingard-directed flick raked in $32million (£23m) over the weekend and $48.5m (£35m) Stateside in its first five days of release, steaming miles ahead of Wonder Woman 1984, which took $16.7 (£12m), according to Variety.

The movie also made an impressive £170m at the international box office.

The success comes after the action film was released on HBO Max and in cinemas at the same time in America.

The blockbuster – which stars Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown – follows on from Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla and Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

It’s the epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse which pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong – against one another with humanity caught in the balance.

Godzilla and Kong last featured in a movie together in the 1962 Japanese flick King Kong vs Godzilla.

Cast member Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Nathan Lind, previously hailed the monster movie ‘visually extraordinary’.

He said: ‘We’ve been shooting for two months, we were in Hawaii for a month, we were in Australia for a month and I fly back tomorrow morning to continue. I’m having so much fun, I’m loving it I really am.

‘It’s quite different for The Aftermath, and from most movies I’ve been doing the past two years I’ve done a lot of slightly more cerebral, emotionally intense dramas.

‘So in that way it was quite cathartic and it was exciting to something big and fun and I love the character I play in it and visually it’s pretty extraordinary.’

Alexander Skarsgard learnt sign language to communicate with his co-star on set (Picture: Getty)

Alexander learnt a new skill for the film as he mastered sign language to communicate with his deaf co-star Kaylee Hottle.

And he was impressed with Kaylee’s acting skills, previously gushing about how confident she was on-set.

He told Junkee: ‘It’s fascinating how comfortable she is in front of the camera and how quickly she takes notes from the director Adam [Wingard].

‘He’ll explain something and she’ll be like “got it, got it” then she’ll just do it and everyone’s like “the f**k … how did she?”

‘She’s so professional and just incredibly … there’s so much going on, on her face, her expression and the subtleties of that is fascinating to watch.’

Godzilla vs Kong is available now on-demand.


Credit: Original article published here.

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