‘Godzilla’ Sequel is Box Office King; ‘Rocketman’ and ‘Ma’ Top Expectations

WB’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the king of the weekend box office, though doing so at the lower end of studio expectations.

Meanwhile, both Paramount’s Rocketman and Universal and Blumhouse’s Ma topped studio expectations, the latter of which doing so on a small, $5 million budget.

Overall, the weekend saw the top twelve deliver nearly $170 million, helping push the summer box office over $1.137 billion (+9% compared to 2018) and the yearly box office is now just -8.5% behind last year as that gap continues to close.

With an estimated $49 million, WB’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell short of the studio’s $50-55 million expectations as it showed day-to-day declines after delivering a $19.6 million opening day (including $6.3 million from Thursday night previews).

The film’s opening is well short of the $93.2 million opening for the 2014 reboot as well as the $61 million opening for Kong: Skull Island back in March 2017.

Comparatively, Skull

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