‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Didn’t Roar at the Domestic Box Office but Legendary Isn’t Sweating

Sequel took in only $49 million its opening weekend, roughly half of what 2014’s ”Godzilla“ grossed

Legendary Entertainment’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” didn’t stomp through North American movie theaters, instead treading to just $49 million in its opening weekend — roughly half that of its 2014 predecessor.

But Legendary, founded by Thomas Tull and owned by the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group since 2016, isn’t sweating the early returns for the film, which had a kaiju-size budget of $170 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo. The studio is breathing easy because its focus is very much overseas, where the film grossed a solid $130 million — including $70 million in China alone.

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Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev

Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams