Warner Bros. Pictures is shifting around the Godzilla vs Kong release date again, this time pushing the film to November 2020. The next Godzilla installment was scheduled to hit theaters on March 13th, but the studio is trying its luck with the fall schedule. Warner Bros. Pictures first moved “Godzilla vs Kong” back in February, when the studio added “Space Jam 2” to July 16, 2021. The new ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ release date gives the visual effects team more time to work on the movie, but now it will battle Marvel and Disney at the box office.
The 2014 reboot of “Godzilla” opened in May 2014, bringing in a colossal $93M on its opening weekend. Gareth Edwards directed the reboot, which featured Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston. “Kong: Skull Island” released in March 2017, and introduced Kong to the newly revamped monster world. Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed that installment, and the movie starred Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brie Larson. “Kong: Skull Island” also opened at the top of the domestic box office chart, bringing in $61M across 3,846 locations. The latest release was Michael Dougherty’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” and that film released in July 2019. The movie featured Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, and Thomas Middleditch. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” opened at the number-one, but the movie split the box office with Disney’s “Aladdin,” and made $49M across 4,108 locations domestically.
Looking back on the franchise, “Godzilla” made $524.9M worldwide; “Kong: Skull Island” grossed over $566M; and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” made $385.9M globally. The hint of monster fatigue, and the drastic fall at the global box office, is probably why Warner Bros. Pictures is shifting the franchise from a summer release, to a fall release.
The November 2020 schedule isn’t without heavy-hitters already, Marvel is releasing “Eternals” with Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kit Harrington, Kumail Nanjiani, and Lia McHugh at the beginning of the month. Disney is also releasing “Raya and the Last Dragon” at the end of the month, which features the voice-talents of Awkwafina and Cassie Steele.
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