The latest revamp of the 1954 Japanese thriller "Godzilla" was expected to debut at around $70 million in box office sales in its opening weekend, Instead, it obliterated theaters with a whopping $93.2 million in sales. That marks the biggest opening weekend for any incarnation of the deadly 60-year-old monster, originally brought to the big screen by director Ishiro Honda.
"It's the biggest opening ever for a 'monster movie,'" reports The Wrap. "It blew away the $72 million debut of 'Jurassic Park: The Lost World' in 1997, which tops the list of 'creature features' at Box Office Mojo."
"Director Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla' played more strongly than expected across the board, connecting with young fans drawn by the spectacle and older moviegoers for whom the rampaging reptile may have struck a nostalgic chord," further reports The Wrap. "Sixty percent of the audience was over 25 years old, and males made up 58 percent of the crowd."
"Godzilla" and its 3D effects cost $160 million to make. It was a co-production of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.
The top 2014 movie is currently "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" with $95 million to date. However, Monday's final box office sales may change that, placing "Godzilla" in first place overall.