King Kong climbed to the top of the box office mountain this weekend, as "Kong: Skull Island" scored a $61 million debut. The South Korea's market is giving the film a $7.4 million.
Kong: Skull Island hopes to restore the world's most famous Ape to glory and build a new film franchise, with a Kong v. Godzilla installment already in the works. The worldwide box office collection constitutes of $7.6 million opening in the United Kingdom, $7.3 million opening in Korea, $6 million in Russian Federation, $5.6 million in Mexico, $4 million in France; $3.6 million in Taiwan; $3.5 million in Australia and $3 million in Germany, the website writes.
As director Jordan Vogt-Roberts promised, the film is chocked-full of reference points, in-jokes and specific Easter Eggs, and there's a lot of fun to be had in spotting as many as possible. Without Logan we'd be expecting a weekend over $50 million, but given the competition a slightly smaller opening seems a safer bet. The Deadline reports that the movie is expected to open to a three-day weekend of $100 million.
Falling to second place this week is "Logan", bringing in an estimated $38 million in its second week out. This weekend Universal is once again adding theaters, this time an additional 205 for 3,143 total, which should go a long way to another small drop.
Thanks to a teasing post-credits scene, we know that Skull Island will neatly dovetail with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, at which point Krampus helmer Michael Dougherty will be courting Gojira back out of the ocean to do battle with a range of Massive Unidentifed Terrestrial Objects (MUTOs for short). The Lionsgate's "The Shack", owns $10.1 million, and the Warner Bros.' "The Lego Batman Movie", which gets $7.8 million after five weeks in theaters. The $61 million debut bests all analyst predictions for the release.
This weekend's forecast is directly below.