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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Godzilla: King of the Box Office or King of the Box Office Bombs?

I hate math, but I love looking at the box office to see how film's perform. I've got a decent understanding of it and when I see a film that's worthy of a sequel, I tend to follow its time in theaters to see if it does well or if it doesn't. The same goes for a film that I hate (I'm looking at you, Fant4stic). Generally speaking, I can tell when a film will do well or won't. For example, it wasn't difficult to tell that the aforementioned Fant4stic wouldn't do well. It came out around the time that Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was out and that siphoned a fair bit of money it might've made. That, plus the controversy surrounding it, didn't help.

With that said, Warner Bros’ “Monsterverse” is a different beast. The kaiju genre isn’t something that’s always appealed in the west—especially the United States. Roland Emmerich’s 1998 film “Godzilla” was far from the best way to introduce Godzilla to the average American moviegoer. However, it made a fair bit of money, but not enough to warrant a sequel. As such, the series lay dormant in America and has since aged… divisively. Some see it as a fine monster movie, but still loathe it as a Godzilla film. Others loathe it across the board.

Fast forward to when Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla film came out. While it too  was divisive (to say the least), it appealed to fans of the character and was successful enough to warrant a sequel. A sequel that took over five years to come out and while Kong: Skull Island tied into that film, that’s besides the point.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters was, in the eyes of many, poised to be a kaiju-sized success. Many suspected that Michael Doughtery (director of Trick ‘r’ Treat and Krampus) would fix what Gareth Edwards broke. Namely, the lack of kaiju action and bland human characters. While I personally liked King of the Monsters, it’s undeniably that Doughtery didn’t quite “fix” those aspects. If anything, he muddled them beneath three additional monsters and Kyle Chander; King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra masquerading as “more monster” through the illusion that more monsters = more monster action. This, plus the jumbled plot (not helped by the D&D plot armor wearing Millie Bobby Brown whose character made me want to actually leave the theater more than once) has proven to critics and some moviegoers that expectations =/= reality. Any armchair box office analyst can throw a dart, hit a number, and say that X movie will make that much money.

However, I’m not an armchair box office analyst. I’m an armchair box office analyst who actually bothers to follow the box office and trends. So, with that said, I’m here to take a gander at how Godzilla: King of the Monsters has been performing and make my own predictions as to how it’ll perform and give my thoughts on how this’ll affect next year’s Godzilla vs. Kong and the future of the Monsterverse as a whole.