Blame Canada: Box Office Recovery Faces New Challenge Despite ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ Success

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Spread of COVID-19 variants has put reopening of Canadian theaters on hold, providing a warning for the U.S. of what could happen if another surge comes

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After weeks of incremental growth, “Godzilla vs. Kong” provided a big leap in the recovery process for the domestic box office. In Canada, however, theaters are still closed in approximately 75% of the country, making the country the next big challenge in the struggle to return to normalcy. The $48.5 million 5-day opening of Warner Bros/Legendary’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” was fueled by the widest release for a film since the start of the pandemic at 3,064 theaters, compared to 2,860 for Warner Bros.’ “Tenet” back in September. But by comparison, the film’s 2019 predecessor, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” opened in 4,108 locations.


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