Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island had an impressive opening this weekend, taking $61m in the US and a further $81.6m overseas.
That domestic figure is around two-thirds what Godzilla (part of a shared ‘MonsterVerse’ with Kong) took during its opening weekend in May 2014 (like Kong/Logan, that film had to contend with an X-Men adventure the very next weekend).
Kong‘s worldwide IMAX gross of $12.4m was the second-biggest March opening in the format, without China. Skull Island, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston and John C. Reilly, cost around $185m to make.
James Mangold’s Wolverine spin-off Logan fell to second place, taking $37.9m this weekend for a $152.7m total on a $97m budget. The R-rated take on the Marvel hero is, by all measures, a big success for 20th Century Fox, and should encourage further ‘darker’ takes on popular franchise characters.