Kong: Skull Island, the second installment of Legendary’s Monsterverse, has roared past the $500 million milestone at the global box office. The announcement came today from Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Mary Parent, Vice Chairman, Worldwide Production for Legendary.
The film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts about a military exploration team of scientists on a geological mapping mission cut short by the god-like King Kong has managed to gross more than $150 million domestically coming in at No.1 in its opening weekend with a $61 million take. Following its debut, Kong: Skull Island went toe to toe with Disney’s live-action remake of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast in its second weekend, dropping 54% to the No.2 spot.
Internationally the film was released day and date in 65 markets including Vietnam, one of the creature features primary filming locations, where it has now become the highest-grossing picture of all time. In addition, Kong: Skull Island also saw highly successful openings in Japan, as well as China where the film distributed by Wanda-owned Legendary debuted at the No.1 spot with $72.1 million.
Kong: Skull Island continues to demonstrate its broad appeal as it transcends borders across the globe. The film has grossed $358.7 million internationally, totaling up to $509 million worldwide.
In the announcement, Kroll explained the film’s success is due both to the legacy of King Kong himself and also to the positive buzz from critics and audiences surrounding the flick Vogt-Roberts delivered with his star-studded cast:
“‘Kong: Skull Island’ has taken audiences and critics on a thrilling ride, resulting in strong word-of-mouth and repeat business. These tremendous results speak not only to the powerful legacy of this mythic icon but also the crowd-pleasing monster movie director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, his cast and fellow filmmakers have delivered. We congratulate them and our partners at Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures on reaching this benchmark.”
Parent also added that the studio is thrilled to have their second installment in the Monsterverse reach the highly successful milestone and that the success in China helps to emphasize Wanda and Legendary’s commitment to delivering content that will drive moviegoers to the cinema:
“‘Kong’ reaching this global milestone is fantastic news for the movie. We’re also thrilled to have another firmly established cornerstone in our goal of creating a Monsterverse that will bring some of the world’s most iconic creatures back to the big screen with a contemporary style that resonates with moviegoers across the globe. The film’s success to date in China also underscores Wanda and Legendary’s commitment to delivering content that will drive moviegoers across the region to the theater.”
The film stars Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Toby Kebbell, Tom Wilkinson, Terry Notary, John C. Reilly, and John Goodman.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic monster in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
Kong: Skull Island is now playing.
10 ‘Godzilla’ Kaiju That Need To Be In The MonsterVerse
With both 2014’s Godzilla and this year’s Kong: Skull Island managing to outperform expectations, the MonsterVerse from Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers is off to a good start. That being said, there’s room for growth amongst the roster of kaiju – thus far, only five classic kaiju have been confirmed to exist in the MonsterVerse: Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, and of those, we’ve only seen two of them in action. Should the series continue to succeed, the setting’s going to need more than original monsters like the M.U.T.O. and the Skullcrawlers – it will need to pull in some fan-favorite monsters from the classic creature features to keep things interesting. Here are ten of Toho’s best kaiju that would make fine additions to the MonsterVerse, with explanations of who they are and why they need to be a part of the setting.