Godzilla vs Kong smashes post-Covid box office record in big boost to cinemas as blockbuster banks £35m

GODZILLA vs Kong has smashed the post-Covid box office as it’s banked a whopping $48.5 million (£35m) since it opened on Wednesday.

The epic new film, which sees the two iconic monsters clash, has been released in cinemas in the US, as well as streaming on HBO Max.

The response has offered hope to the cinema industry, which has seriously suffered since the pandemic struck over a year ago.

It is a big increase from the previous post-coronavirus opening weekend record, which was $16.6 million (£12m) for Women Woman 1984.

It is still however a far cry from the money films took pre-covid. For example in December 2019, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker took $374m (£270m).

Godzilla vs Kong is available to watch in the UK on streaming platforms, such as the SKy Store and Amazon rime. 

Cinemas in the UK are set to open on May 17th.

Box office analyst David A Gross, from consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research said of Godzilla vs Kong’s success: "While it's half of what it would be under normal circumstances, the weekend is a clear and positive indication that moviegoing has inherent strengths that aren't going away.”

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