This latest look at the legendary Kong went outside the box, placing the monster ape in the Vietnam-era with huge production value, incredible CGI creature fights, a soundtrack full of nearly every iconic song from the 1970s, and big name stars like Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, and John Goodman. With $152 million domestic and pushing $500 million world-wide, the final chapter in Hugh Jackman's career in the role has already demolished sales of the previous Wolverine solo films.
Kong faces the challenge of being sandwiched between Logan - which debuted to a rousing $88.3 million last weekend, far ahead of expectations - and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
The film is seen as the second installment, along with 2014's Godzilla, in Legendary Entertainment's 'MonsterVerse.' Two more tie-in films are in the works for the studio. This is its third weekend in theaters, making it the fastest $100 million earner for Blumhouse, the horror-oriented production company that also funded "Split", the "Paranormal Activity" franchise and the "Insidious" series. Audience members under the age of 25 gave the film an "A " CinemaScore. Basking in near-universal acclaim, the thriller about a black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) meeting his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) sinister family has coasted on organic hype.
In just two weeks in theaters, "Logan" has brought in almost $153 million. Over almost three weeks, it has amassed $111 million in sales.
Lionsgate's faith-based title The Shack, starring Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington, and Warners' The Lego Batman Movie rounded out the top five. Revenues are up roughly 2% year-to-date, as the combination of "Logan", "Get Out", and now "Kong: Skull Island" are translating into a busy time at the box office. "But they're going to be looking for a half-billion worldwide to make it a certifiable hit", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore.