Warner Bros’ reboot leads a sun-affected market with $10.7m (£6.4m), including previews.
Nothing hurts UK cinemas like the sun, but Godzilla still managed a healthy debut to top an otherwise soft market that was down over 50% on the same period last year.
Warner Bros’ reboot roared its way to $10.7m (£6.4m) from its 550 sites, including $2m (£1.2m) from its previews on Thursday [May 15]. Its Fri-Sun tally of $8.7m (£5.2m) would have also seen it comfortably land the top spot.
Unsurprisingly, that’s already director Gareth Edwards’ best-ever UK performance ahead of Monsters’ run of $1.6m (£950,000). It’s also a stronger debut than Roland Emmerich’s take on the iconic character, which managed $7m (£4.2m) from its 484 sites back in 1998.
That Godzilla went on to make around $26.9m (£16m) in the UK, and the 2014 version is well set to challenge that.
Dropping to second with a 57% decline (excluding previews), Bad Neighbours crossed the £10m mark with a $2.3m (£1.39m) weekend.
Universal’s comedy is now up to $19.1m (£11.36m) in the UK and could still benefit as counter programming in an increasingly blockbuster-heavy market over the coming weeks.
Suffering its first big drop as a result of the combo of sun and Godzilla, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swung to a further $755,000 (£448,898).
Sony’s superhero sequel is now up to $38.9m (£23.2m) in the UK and faces an additional challenge this week with the arrival of the latest X-Men as it attempts to overcome its predecessor’s $43.7m (£26m) UK result.
Also for Sony, their release of In Secret arguably suffered the most with the weather as it could only manage a $16,000 (£9,478) UK bow from 106 sites. Not all sites will have had showtimes throughout the day.
Posting the best holdover in the top ten by dropping just over 50%, Fox’s The Other Woman grossed an additional $751,000 (£446,582) to hit $13.5m (£8m) after four weeks in play.
Also for Fox, Rio 2 is narrowly behind its predecessor’s $22.81m (£13.56m) UK result, with the sequel standing at $22.77m (£13.54m) following a $340,000 (£202,200) weekend.
Released in 224 sites through StudioCanal, The Two Faces of January rounded off this week’s top five with a $550,000 (£326,904) UK bow, including previews.
With its older-skewing audience, Hossein Amini’s directorial debut was undoubtedly negatively affected by the sun but could enjoy decent midweek returns.
Also for StudioCanal, The Wind Rises dropped 57% on its excellent opening to add $135,000 (£80,448) for $633,000 (£376,459) to date.
Taking $230,000 (£137,000) in its third weekend of release, eOne’s Tarzan has grossed $3m (£1.79m) to date, while Pompeii fell almost 80% as it grossed $188,000 (£112,000) for $4.2m (£2.5m).
Also for eOne, Calvary and Divergent have amassed $4.5m (£2.7m) and $11.1m (£6.6m) after six and seven weeks in play, respectively.
Dropping 69% to add $131,000 (£78,000) was Disney’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has now amassed $32.4m (£19.3m). It’s likely to end its run as the fifth best Marvel Studios’ outing in the UK, behind Thor: The Dark World’s $33.8m (£20.1m).
Also for Disney, Muppets Most Wanted stands at $12.3m (£7.3m), less than half its predecessor’s UK tally.
CURZON FILM WORLD
In its second weekend of release, Frank sung its way to a further $92,000 (£54,919) to stand at $631,000 (£375,320) so far through Curzon Film World.
Also in its second weekend, Sabotage has grossed $797,000 (£473,586) after a hefty drop saw it add $57,000 (£33,944).
Noah sailed to an extra $52,000 (£31,078) through Paramount and stands agonisingly close to £10m at $16.7m (£9.95m).
Opened in four sites through Soda Pictures, Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist debuted with $7,500 (£4,475).
This week sees saturation releases for Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (opens May 22), Lionsgate’s Postman Pat: The Movie and Warner Bros’ Blended.
Paramount’s Fading Gigolo and Signature’s Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return both receive wide releases, while Network’s Heli and Dogwoof’s The Punk Singer are among the films receiving limited releases.