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'Kong' Scares Up Monster Opening Weekend at Box Office
Apr 4, 2017 by: WENN
Tweet: Hollywood's new King Kong blockbuster has charged to the top of the North American box office with a monster $61 million opening weekend.
Kong: Skull Island far exceeded industry expectations over the weekend and toppled Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine movie, Logan, which has taken in almost $38 million in its second weekend on release.
The new Kong movie, which stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, also scored big overseas with a take of $81.6 million.
Meanwhile, X-Men spin-off Logan, which falls to two on the new box office chart, has now made over $154 million in North America alone in just 10 days.
Coming in at three is comedian Jordan Peele's acclaimed horror film Get Out with $21 million in its third weekend on release.
The Shack and The LEGO Batman Movie round out the Top 5 with $10.1 million and $7.7 million, respectively.
Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington's faith-based drama The Shack has grossed $32.3 million in two weeks, while the latest Lego movie has hauled in $159 million at the North American box office over five weeks.
Kong: Skull Island, which cost an estimated $185 million to produce, was expected to debut between $45 million and $50 million.
Both that film and the Logan blockbuster are expected to fall this coming weekend as another beast movie, Beauty and the Beast, hits theaters.
Early estimates suggest the new Disney film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, could debut at the top of the North American box office with upwards of $110 million.
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