Box Office Aftermath: ‘Godzilla’ Squashes the Competition, Earning $196 Million Worldwide

Godzilla 2014 Teaser Trailer Still Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Rounding out the weekend of May 18, 2014, Godzilla dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales.

The king of monsters scored big this past weekend, earning $93.18 million. Godzilla is now the second highest opening weekend of the year, right behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which debuted with $95 million. Comparatively, Godzilla smashed Pacific Rim’s opening weekend gross of $37.3 million.

Neighbors sank to second place, grossing $25.06 million. This brings Neighbors to a current domestic total of $90.59 million, which is on track to overthrow Knocked Up ($148 million) as Seth Rogen’s highest grossing live action feature. However it will fall just short of reaching Bridesmaids gross of $168 million.

The wall-crawler continued to take a steep plunge into nothingness as it fell another 52.7 percent this weekend. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took $16.8 million, to bring its total domestic gross to $172 million. Still way below any of the other iterations of the superhero.

Million Dollar Arm debuted this weekend in fourth. The Disney, inspired by true events, heartwarming sports drama walked away with $10.51 million. For Jon Hamm’s first leading man performance, he might want to stick to television.

And finally, rounding out the top five for the weekend is The Other Woman. Clinging on to the rom com audiences, for its fourth weekend out, the film is retaining very well. The movie earned $6.3 million, bringing its gross to $71.67 million.

In their second weekend out, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and Mom’s Night Out flip flopped, placing ninth and tenth respectively. Dorothy earned $1.95 million while Mom’s raked in $1.77 million. Both films have yet to break $10 million domestically. And neither have hit foreign box office yet and will most likely be looked at as complete failures. I know that’s how I see it.

Belle and Chef both opened to wider releases. Belle moved up from 19th to 13th earning $940 thousand while Chef closed out the top 15, up from 28th, with $708 thousand.

(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)

Weekend Box Office Results 2014 May 18 

Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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