One of the more anticipated movies of the summer, Legendary Pictures' reboot of the classic Toho Studios movie monster Godzilla (Warner Bros.) roared into theaters on Thursday night with a killer showing of $9.3 million from Thursday previews. That was added into the Friday gross of $38.5 million, which was on par with some of the other recent openers, but even with a slight drop on Saturday, it was still able to become the third movie to open with over $90 million in the past two months–following Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2–with an estimated $93.2 million take for the weekend.
Overseas, Godzilla had the biggest international opening of the year, bringing in $103 million in 64 markets with 3D screenings making up a whopping 51% of its weekend gross. Combined with the domestic earnings, Godzilla has already earned $196.2 million worldwide.
$14.1 million of Godzilla's domestic opening weekend came from its 352 IMAX screenings, the third-best showing for the format after last year's Iron Man 3 and the previous summer's The Avengers, while doing better in the format than last summer's Star Trek Into Darkness. Internationally, IMAX accounted for $7.5 million of Godzilla's grosses on 186 screens.